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Saturday 16 December 2017

Man who was shot in neck by gangsters is €27k dole fraudster

Albert Doyle was in a coma after a murder attempt in 2005
Albert Doyle was in a coma after a murder attempt in 2005

A 33-year-old Dublin man who unlawfully claimed more than €27,000 in dole payments was previously lucky to escape with his life when he was shot in the neck.

Albert Doyle (33) appeared before Dublin District court this week and admitted five counts of making a false declaration and one of failing to notify the social welfare authorities in a fraud that totalled €27,700.

Hospital cleaner Doyle, of Errigal Road, Drimnagh, was prosecuted by the Department of Social Protection.

He is a first cousin of Kinahan cartel crime figure Ritchie Thompson (40), who was a suspect in the shooting at St Laurence Grove, Chapelizod, on October 27, 2005.

Coma

Doyle was in a coma for several weeks after being shot in the neck and dumped out of a car, though it is understood he has made a full recovery.

The car, a Honda Civic, was not stolen and was recovered close to where Doyle was found by gardai from Ballyfermot Garda station.

Although he nearly died, Doyle withdrew a statement he made to gardai, and the gangsters who tried to kill him were never prosecuted.

It is understood Doyle received a severe beating in the weeks before the shooting.

After recovering from that incident, it is understood he has been on "friendly terms" with a number of key members of the cartel, including Liam Byrne, Liam Roe and Eoin O'Connor.

However, he is not involved in organised crime.

Doyle appeared before Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court on Thursday.

The court heard that during the period the money was obtained from 2012 until 2014, he had been working as a cleaner at St James's Hospital.

Judge Brennan noted a guilty plea was being entered.

The defence said Doyle was on minimum wage and has not paid any of the money back, but he wished to "put his best foot forward".

Judge Brennan adjourned the case until June.

A plea of mitigation will be made at his next hearing.

In the district court the off-ence can result in a fine of up to €2,500 and a possible six-month sentence in addition to having to repay the social welfare authorities.

Repaid

The court can only consider leaving defendants accused of dole fraud without a criminal record if all the money has been repaid.

Doyle's maternal uncle was married to Ritchie Thompson's mother.

Thompson was last in the headlines late last month when he was arrested for questioning in connection with the murder of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's brother Eddie last year in Dublin's north inner city, but he was later released without charge in the case.

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