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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Convictions against key Kinahan figures a huge blow to gang

Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh
Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh

Detectives have dealt one of their biggest blows against the Kinahan cartel after the gang's main logistics operator was jailed for more than 10 years.

Yesterday, eight men were before the Special Criminal Court on a wide range of charges resulting from garda operations against the international organised crime gang.

Two of those men, Declan Brady (53) and Paul Beatty (32), were handed lengthy prison sentences.

Brady, known as 'Mr Nobody', was considered a primary logistics mover for the crime gang by gardai and remained under their radar for years.

The logistics man, of The Park, Wolstan Abbey, Celbridge, Co Kildare, "supervised and was in overall charge" of an "arsenal", according to the three-judge court, which sentenced him to 11-and-a-half years' imprisonment yesterday, with the final year suspended.

He is considered a close associate of Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh (51), who himself has been dealt a significant blow after being convicted of possession of a stun gun at his luxury Birmingham home.

Sources last night revealed that Brady, a haulage operator, was involved with the cartel for years but only came to the attention of gardai weeks before his arrest in January 2017.

Meanwhile, Paul Beatty, of Eugene Street in Dublin 8, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after being caught with a revolver loaded with five bullets at Charlemont Parade in the city last June. The court heard the 32-year-old was "an important and trusted member of an organised crime gang".

He had been under surveillance and was arrested following a chase. Mr Justice Tony Hunt said "actual harm was only prevented by the intervention of gardai".

Seized

Six other men - five of whom are linked to firearms incidents and a sixth who was caught with €1.5m of drugs - are awaiting sentence after either being convicted or pleading guilty.

Yesterday's successes in the courts follow major garda results against senior figures, including Liam Byrne, the leader of the Byrne crime gang, whose €1m Crumlin home was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau this month.

In the UK, 'Bomber' Kavanagh faces up to five years in jail after being caught with the stun gun this year as part of an operation involving UK police and gardai, which remains live.

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