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Sunday 4 December 2016

Robber Fatpuss is guest of honour at house party to celebrate his release

Alan ‘Fatpuss’ Bradley after his release
Alan ‘Fatpuss’ Bradley after his release

Convicted criminal Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley was given a hero's welcome at a family party the day after he was released from prison.

The 42-year-old was freed on bail last Tuesday after a High Court challenge in which he claimed he should have received enhanced remission from his sentence for conspiring to rob a cash-in-transit van at Tesco, Celbridge, Co Kildare, in 2007.

Bradley was sentenced to nine years in April 2012, backdated to February 14, 2012, with the final two years suspended.

This sentence was reduced on appeal to eight years with 18 months suspended.

His younger brother, Wayne (37), was released from prison last December after serving a sentence for his role in the attempted raid.

Fatpuss's legal team say he is entitled to enhanced remission on various grounds, including that he has engaged in crime awareness, anger-management and peace-education programmes.

On the basis of a one-third remission, Bradley claims he should have been released from Portlaoise Prison towards the end of June.

If granted the normal one-quarter remission, he would be entitled to his freedom in December.

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At the High Court, Ms Justice Miriam O'Regan heard that while the State is opposing Bradley's action, it was consenting to him being released on bail until the action has been determined.

After his release, Bradley went straight to his house in Kentstown, Co Meath, to spend time with his family.

On Wednesday morning he walked to his local shops where he bought several newspapers. He declined to comment on his freedom when approached by the Herald.

On Wednesday evening he went to the home of a relative in Finglas who threw a party to celebrate his release.

It is not known how long he stayed at the gathering. As part of his bail conditions he has to observe an 11pm to 7am curfew and reside at his address in Kentstown.

He also had to surrender his passport and undertook not to leave the jurisdiction.

Bradley was the second- in-command of the 2007 cash-in-transit raid behind slain gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne. He also has close links to several major criminals in the capital.

He was considered a major player in several robberies in the 1990s and early 2000s.

These included the 1996 heist at the Santry Omniplex which is believed to have netted about £600,000 and, at around the same time, a robbery at Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt, Dublin, in which around £400,000 was taken.

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