Saturday 22 October 2016

From humble roots in inner city, how Christy Kinahan became Costa top dog

the boss

Christy Kinahan
Christy Kinahan

Christy Kinahan has come a very long way from the flats that he grew up in St Theresa's Gardens in Dublin's south inner city.

Today he is the head of a cartel that is estimated to be worth up to €1bn and is considered one of Europe's biggest crime syndicates.

The 58-year-old is rarely seen in public and is understood to spend most of his time in his €6m luxury villa in the resort of Estepona on the Spanish southern coast.

Kinahan was involved in crime from an early age. His first conviction - for attempted car theft - dates from 1979.

He received a three-month suspended sentence for burglary in January 1980 and a year later was convicted for receiving stolen property, with forgery and minor drug convictions following.

In September 1986, he was arrested in relation to the seizure of IR£117,000 worth of heroin in Fairview, a crime that he was later handed down a six-year jail sentence for.

After his release from prison, he moved to Holland, where he was convicted of handling stolen property.

He served a short jail sentence in Amsterdam before basing himself between Dublin and Tamworth in England.

Kinahan's next serious brush with the law happened when he was arrested in 1997 after being linked to a batch of cheques worth IR£16,000 that had been stolen from a building society in Drumcondra in June 1993. Kinahan subsequently pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to four years in prison.

It would prove to be his last significant jail sentence and he used it wisely, completing a university degree and taking language and legal courses, which have helped him to run an international crime business. It is understood he is fluent in Spanish and Dutch.

He moved to Spain around 2000 and built up his feared cartel in the years since then.

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