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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Jailed Kinahan thug to go on trial over 'threats' to inmates

Luke Wilson is in jail
Luke Wilson is in jail

A prison inmate has been sent for trial charged with threatening to kill or seriously harm two men while in jail.

Luke Wilson (25) had a book of evidence served on him over alleged threats at Mountjoy Prison when he appeared in Dublin District Court on the charges.

Judge Bryan Smyth sent him forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Wilson, of Cremona Road, Ballyfermot, is charged with two counts of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to named men, intending them to believe that the threats would be carried out.

Conspiracy

The offences are both alleged to have happened at Mountjoy Prison on November 17 last year.

Shortly before the alleged offences, Wilson had been jailed for 11 years by the Special Criminal Court after admitting conspiracy to murder Hutch mobster Gary Hanley.

The court heard how Wilson and others had been recruited by the Kinahan cartel to carry out the attempted hit.

He is a nephew of major gangland criminal Alan Wilson, who also pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to murder Hanley.

In court this week, the State solicitor told Judge Smyth a book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused.

The DPP was consenting to Wilson being sent forward to the circuit court on both charges in the book, the State solicitor added.

Judge Smyth gave the defendant the formal warning that he must provide details of any alibi he intends to rely on to the prosecution within 14 days.

Asked if he understood this, Wilson replied "yeah".

He was not required to address the court otherwise during the brief hearing.

The judge also ordered the prosecution to furnish the defence with copies of Wilson's garda interview video.

Judge Smyth granted free legal aid, assigning defence solicitor Matthew de Courcy.

There was no garda objection to this.

Plea

The charge is under Section Five of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act and carries a maximum potential sentence on conviction of 10 years' imprisonment.

Mr Wilson has not yet entered a plea to the charges he is facing.

He will next appear in the circuit court on a date in November.

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