Sunday 23 October 2016

Locked-up mobster's fury as rival gang take over his patch

The gang boss is the chief suspect in the disappearance and suspected murder of Willie Maughan
The gang boss is the chief suspect in the disappearance and suspected murder of Willie Maughan

A feared gang boss - who is being investigated for three gruesome murders - is said to be "furious" after another gang moved in on his turf, taking advantage of the fact that he has been locked up in jail since early January.

The 34-year-old mobster is the chief suspect for ordering the double murders of Willie Maughan (34) and his partner Anna Varslavane (21), who disappeared without trace from Gormanston, Co Meath, on this day last year.

The Traveller criminal, who is suspected of being behind their murders, has been held on remand in Cloverhill Prison for over four months, and last night sources revealed that a rival gang has taken over his lucrative drug and stolen car rackets.

They are a family-based organised crime gang with strong links to Blanchardstown and Cavan town.

"This crew would have never dreamed of moving in on this lad's territory, but he is in jail awaiting trial, as is his right-hand man, so it seems that they have seen an opportunity and taken it," a source explained.

"The gangster in jail is going nuts about it, but what can he do, he is facing being locked up for many more months before his case comes to trial.

"He had a very lucrative patch, which included areas like Balbriggan, Lusk and Swords," the source added.

However, gardai have had some recent success against the up-and-coming mob, with at least two of its members being arrested for stolen-car offences.


Meanwhile, the Herald has learned that the volatile gang boss has "teamed-up" with a notorious INLA figure while on remand at Cloverhill Prison, in what sources describe as a "sinister" development.

The INLA figure, who is on remand in relation to a serious crime incident in the CityWest area of the capital last summer, has made a number of attempts to be transferred to Portlaoise Prison, which houses dissident Republicans, but has so far been unsuccessful.

The Traveller gang boss, who is suspected of being behind the murders of Willie Maughan and his partner, was also previously arrested in relation to the murder of Benny Whitehouse who was shot dead at Clonard Street, Balbriggan at 9am on September 25, 2014, in front of his partner.

Just before the feared gangster was locked up in January, he was hit with a €170k bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Just days earlier, the paranoid criminal had built a 12-foot-high wall around his home compound, but did not realise at the time that senior gardai were actively formulating a plan to have him remanded in custody.

Sources said that, prior to him being locked up, gardai were becoming increasingly concerned about the dangerous activities of his gang.


The gang are the chief suspects for an early-morning pipe-bomb attack, which led to a van exploding outside a house in late November, 2015.

This attack was the second explosion in less than two months in Dublin that has been linked to the ruthless mob.

The same gang are being investigated for a pipe-bomb attack at the home of missing Willie Maughan's sister, Martina, in Rathfarnham, last October.

The Herald previously revealed that the gang boss taunted and laughed at gardai as they carried out searches for the missing couple last summer.

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