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Gunshot victim Wilson pleads guilty in plot to murder Hutch associate


Luke Wilson has been jailed after pleading guilty to the plot to kill Gary Hanley 

Luke Wilson has been jailed after pleading guilty to the plot to kill Gary Hanley 

Luke Wilson has been jailed after pleading guilty to the plot to kill Gary Hanley 

A young criminal who yesterday pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a man last year for the Kinahan cartel previously lost his right eye in a gruesome attempted murder.

Luke Wilson (23) was only 18 when he suffered horrific in- juries after being shot in the face by his life-long friend Patrick McCann (25) at Liffey Gaels GAA Club, Memorial Park, Inchicore, in January 2013.

McCann, of Decies Road, Ballyfermot, was later jailed for 17 years for the attempted murder in which Wilson was shot three times in an incident described by the late Mr Justice Paul Carney as "like something from a Love/Hate script".


At the Special Criminal Court yesterday, Wilson admitted his involvement in a completely separate plot last year to murder Gary Hanley, from Dublin's north inner city.

Wilson, with an address at Cremona Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder Hanley.

He further admitted to possession of a 9mm Beretta handgun with intent to endanger life at Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview, last November 6.

Wilson stood in the dock when the charges were put to him and replied "guilty" to the two counts.

It is expected that his sentence hearing will take place tomorrow.

Luke Wilson's uncles, Eric and Keith, are both serving life sentences for gangland murders, while another uncle, John, was shot dead in 2012.

Yesterday, a trial date was set for October 2019 in the case of his co-accused and first cousin Alan Wilson (39), of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8.

Two other co-accused, Liam Brannigan (37), of Bride Street, Dublin 8, and Joseph Kelly (35), of Kilworth Road, Drimnagh, have not yet indicated pleas to the charge.

The men are all charged with conspiracy to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State on dates between last September 15 and November 6.

Alan Wilson and Joseph Kelly are also charged with conspiracy to murder a person or persons unknown at the 74 Talbot Pub in Dublin between last September 11 and 15.

In relation to Liam Brannigan, defence counsel Michael O'Higgins said a number of items of disclosure remained outstanding.

Mr O'Higgins said Mr Brannigan's legal team was not yet in a position to give advices and he asked for the case to be adjourned to a date in October.

In relation to Mr Kelly, Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC also asked for the matter to be adjourned to a date in October.

Defence lawyer Cathal O Braonain, for Alan Wilson, asked that a trial date be set, saying the case could take up to 10 weeks.

Prosecution barrister Sean Gillane accepted there was a lot of audio and CCTV footage in the case, and if there were legal challenges to the evidence it may take some time.

Judge Hunt set a trial date of October 7 next year for the trial of Alan Wilson and remanded him in custody until that date.

Judge Hunt asked Mr O Braonain to let the court know "sooner rather than later" if there was any change of mind.

Luke Wilson was raised in Cremona Road, Ballyfermot, by his grandmother, Kathleen, Wilson after the death of his mother, Debbie.

Sources said his relationship with the notorious gangster brothers, his uncles Eric and Keith Wilson, was "akin to him being their brother and he idolised them".

Luke Wilson's uncle Eric is serving a 23-year sentence in Spain for murder while another uncle, Keith, is serving a life sentence for a 2010 Finglas gangland murder.

Meanwhile, Hanley remains a top target for the Kinahan cartel because of his close links to the rival Hutch mob.


Last weekend, we revealed that he bought an attack dog to protect his fortified city home.

Hanley (28), who has survived numerous attempts on his life, bought a highly-trained German Shepherd, which he is believed to keep in the small back garden of his Marino home which is decked out with a top-of-the-range CCTV system and sensors.

The threat level against him remains "extremely grave", according to senior sources, after the murder of his close associate Jason 'Buda' Molyneux last January.

Hanley was photographed carrying Molyneux's coffin at his funeral in February, but tried to hide his face.