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Thursday 8 December 2016

Man who tried to rob jailed gangster's home 'must have death wish'

Gardai have seen the footage from CCTV camera (Stock image)
Gardai have seen the footage from CCTV camera (Stock image)

A man who was caught on camera trying to break into the family home of a jailed gangster has been described as "having a death wish".

CCTV images show the man outside the heavily-fortified house of jailed criminal David Waldron on Ratoath Road, Cabra, where it is alleged he smashed cameras with a screwdriver and tried to break in.

Convicted drug dealer Waldron has been in prison since last March when he and three other men were jailed for a savage assault on a man who had shown up at the house, where his wife and four children live, in 2013.

The CCTV images of the attempted burglary were posted on Facebook.

Gardai are aware of the incident, but no one has been arrested and the suspect has not yet been identified.

The incident happened at 8.55pm on Tuesday of last week, and sources said the would-be burglar could face serious consequences if he is identified by Waldron's associates.

"The individual that did this must have a death wish or something. This was not a very smart thing to do," a source said.

"Gardai are aware of the incident and that the images have been posted on numerous different social media accounts."

Waldron and the three other men were each handed two-year jail sentences last year when they pleaded guilty to violent disorder at the Cabra House pub on August 16, 2013.

The court heard that after the incident at the house the four arrived at the pub in two cars before walking to the back bar and attacking the victim.

Stamp

During the attack, David Waldron (39) grabbed a pint glass and used it on the man.

He also picked up a bar stool and chased him before throwing it at his head. Outside the pub he punched the victim until he fell to the ground and then continued to kick and stamp on him.

Before the attack, David Waldron had eight previous convictions including for drug dealing in 2001. He is due for release later this year.

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