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Wednesday 19 June 2019

'King Ratt' mobster pal convicted of GBH over scissors attack horror

Brian 'King Ratt' Rattigan
Brian 'King Ratt' Rattigan

A gangland criminal who was once a key member of the Brian Rattigan gang has been cleared of rape and attempted murder but found guilty of two counts of grievous bodily harm following a trial in England.

Wayne McNally (34), originally from Ross Road in Dublin's south inner city, was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of two attacks on a man and a woman in the early hours of last December 22.

He was also found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the same woman two days earlier.

The jury cleared McNally of attempting to murder the man, but found him guilty of a lesser charge of GBH with intent.

Beating

He was also found not guilty of raping the woman, and a charge of assault by beating against his wife.

He was remanded in custody following his conviction and will be sentenced next Tuesday.

It is understood that McNally fled to Bradford over threats from gangland rivals after he was released from high-security Portlaoise Prison in late 2017.

McNally was given a 13-year sentence in October 2009 for shooting a bouncer in the face after he was refused entry to Hush Nightclub in the Red Cow Inn in February 2008.

A major target for gardai for years, McNally was jailed for three years for cutting a woman's throat and stealing her car in 2003.

The heavy drug user survived an assassination attempt in the south inner city in February 2007 when he received gunshot injuries.

He was with his pal Rattigan when 'King Ratt' fired five shots at a patrol car during a garda chase in July 2004.

McNally, who was a front- seat passenger in the stolen car, received an 18-month sentence for his part in the terrifying incident.

It has been reported that a bearded McNally reacted with relief when cleared of raping the woman by the jury in Bradford on Wednesday.

Throughout the 11-day trial, the court heard how during the evening of December 21 and early hours of December 22, McNally had been drinking and taking drugs with the woman while she wrapped Christmas presents.

At some point that morning, a male friend of the woman turned up at the house, and the three of them continued to drink and snort cocaine.

McNally and the woman then got a lift to Asda to buy more alcohol and some cigarettes, before returning to the house.

At some point after, McNally's mood changed and be began to accuse the man and woman of being in a sexual relationship, which they both denied.

Stabbed

Enraged, McNally embarked on a sustained, drug-fuelled attack on the pair, punching the woman repeatedly in the face and stabbing her in the neck with a pair of scissors.

He also unleashed a flurry of punches on the man and stabbed him a number of times in the leg, before leaving the house.

McNally called his wife who took him to Manchester Airport where he was arrested.

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