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Monday 14 October 2019

'If he survives we won't get paid' - secret recording of murder plot

The gun seized by gardai
The gun seized by gardai
Gary Hanley

A man suspected of being one of the country's most violent gangland criminals was secretly recorded by detectives planning the hit for his cartel paymasters, a court has heard.

Alan Wilson (40) told his accomplice Joseph Kelly (39) to "do what you have to do" in relation to the plan to kill Hutch associate Gary Hanley.

Kelly was also recorded saying "if he survives we won't get paid" and "hit him in the chest first".

The Herald previously revealed how Wilson has now been shunned by his cartel associates and was only last month attacked in a separate dispute behind bars.

The thug was slashed in the head by two inmates in a stabbing believed to have been sanctioned by associates of the McCarthy-Dundon mob.

Wilson has been linked to two murder conspiracies ordered by the Kinahan cartel, but the violent thug has not been paid a cent for his role in the sinister plots.

They included a plan to murder Gary Hanley and a separate plot to kill "a person or persons unknown" in the north-inner city in September 2017.

Gym

Yesterday, the Special Criminal Court heard that there was also much discussion as to where the attack would take place, with Kelly pushing to shoot Hanley on the road as he walked to the gym.

Both men were aware that Hanley's house had a bullet-proof door with Wilson heard saying: "I don't like hanging around for anyone as that is how you get caught."

There was also a conversation in relation to "tying a rag to a pole" at a number of junctions so Kelly would know which turn to take on the day of the attack.

Kelly was arrested and charged after detectives intercepted a Volkswagen van in the Phibsborough area at 8.08pm on November 6, 2017.

Officers found a bag containing a semi-automatic pistol with a silencer and 15 rounds of ammunition in the rear of the van.

Wilson was arrested separately at Crumlin Road, Dublin 12, at 8.25pm that same evening.

The Special Criminal Court also heard that detectives found two tracking devices under a Range Rover registered to Hanley's partner.

The men had their cases heard separately at the Special Criminal Court, after Wilson's lawyer, James Dwyer SC, said there were "logistical difficulties in having the two in court together".

Wilson, of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, and Kelly, from Kilworth Road in Drimnagh, previously admitted to conspiring with other named individuals to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15 and November 6, 2017.

Kelly had also pleaded guilty to possessing a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol with intent to endanger life at Philipsburgh Avenue, Marino, Dublin 3, on November 6, 2017.

Detective Superintendent David Gallagher told Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, that gardai set up a surveillance operation in September 2017 after they received information about a Seat Leon with false cloned registration plates that had been spotted in the Goldenbridge area of Dublin.

Supt Gallagher said that Gary Hanley was identified as the target and on September 17, 2017, two tracking devices were found under his partner's car.

Surveillance

Supt Gallagher said detectives continued their surveillance of the Seat Leon as well as a number of other vehicles between September and November 2017.

He said Kelly was responsible for moving the vehicles, securing parking locations, filling them with petrol and scouting out routes.

The court heard that Wilson had no previous convictions.

Defence counsel James Dwyer SC asked the court to give Wilson credit for an early guilty plea and while he played a significant role, he was not at the "top of the chain of command".

Mr Dwyer said Wilson had had a difficult time in custody, had suffered a number of health issues, and had been the victim of an assault. He added that Wilson was no longer associating with the people he had been associating with.

Mr Dwyer said Wilson was determined to move away from the life he had been living, and he had written a letter to the court.

In the letter, Wilson apologised unreservedly to those affected by his actions, saying he regretted aiding the gang and "should have known better".

Wilson said he was blinded at the time to the ramifications his involvement would have and he truly regretted the course of his actions.

Wilson was also charged last month with three counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting at The Players Lounge pub in Dublin.

On June 6, Wilson was charged at the Special Criminal Court with attempting to murder Brian Masterson, Wayne Barrett and Austin Purcell at the pub in Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin 3, on July 26, 2010.

Wilson was also charged with possession of firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life, and a book of evidence is due to be served on him on these charges on July 29.

Wilson was previously cleared of murdering Romanian teenager Marioara Rostas in 2008.

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