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Drug dealer Robert ‘Roo’ Redmond

Drug dealer Robert ‘Roo’ Redmond

Drug dealer Robert ‘Roo’ Redmond lost his 151 Audi A6 car

Drug dealer Robert ‘Roo’ Redmond lost his 151 Audi A6 car

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Drug dealer Robert ‘Roo’ Redmond

A 31-year-old criminal who is heavily involved in the deadly Coolock feud has lost €136,000 in assets after a High Court judgment.

Convicted drug dealer Robert 'Roo' Redmond has survived an attempted hit and was also twice arrested for possession of firearms in relation to the feud which has claimed five lives.

He was released without charge on both occasions but is understood to have come under increasing pressure in recent days - because his 32-year-old right-hand man is now in custody on separate firearms charges.

"He is one of the most active criminals operating in the capital," a senior source said last night.

Redmond has been the focus of multiple investigations by specialist garda units, including the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).

He was also closely monitored by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), who made two significant seizures from him in August 2018 and January 2019.

Murder

The CAB seizures came before the Coolock feud kicked off last year with the gun murder of Redmond's pal Sean Little near Balbriggan.

In the High Court on Monday, Mr Justice Alex Owens gave permission to the CAB to sell off Redmond's seized assets and put the proceeds into State coffers.

The assets included a 151 Audi A6 car, high-end watches and handbags, designer clothing and more than €36,000 in cash.

The total value of the assets is estimated at €136,000.

Redmond was not present in court to hear that the State will seize the items, which include a diamond-encrusted Audemars Piguet watch worth over €22,000, a Rolex watch valued at over €16,000, and a ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch valued at over €21,000.

Designer goods worth €10,000, including Louis Vuitton handbags, wallets and sunglasses, Givenchy shoes and designer jackets, were also seized.

Redmond, who has 77 criminal convictions, including four for possession of drugs, was jailed for five years in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2013 when he pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, Malahide Road, on September 29, 2010.

He had initially denied the charges and elected for trial.

The court heard that Redmond was caught with almost €43,000 of heroin and cannabis in two apartments.

He said he paid €6,000 in cash for the nine ounces of heroin, which had an estimated street value of €36,970.

Redmond also said he didn't owe money for the drugs and had not been under pressure to store them.

He said a tick list found at one of the apartments was a list of people who owed him money for drugs.

Redmond has been involved in feuds on the capital's north side for over a decade and was shot in the legs when he was targeted by a gunman in the doorway of a pub at Clonshaugh Shopping Centre in Priorswood in 2011.

He also survived an attempted gun murder last September in the Donaghmede area which happened as part of the Coolock feud.

It is understood that Redmond managed to hide in a bathroom while a 30-year-old pal of his suffered serious injuries in the gun attack.

As part of further investigations into the shooting, two guns and ammunition linked to Redmond's associates were seized and a 44-year-old close associate of his was arrested just days after the botched murder attempt.

Catastrophic

In January of this year, Redmond and his right-hand man were arrested before being released without charge over a double shooting in north Dublin which left one victim with catastrophic injuries.

The duo were arrested near a burning black 151 D-reg Citroen C4 car at Greenwood Avenue, Clonshaugh, around 13km away from the double shooting in the St Margaret's area on the afternoon of January 17 last.

They were also arrested and released without charge on July 30 last year in a separate case when detectives from the DOCB seized a pistol and a revolver during an intelligence operation in Coolock.

Redmond's right-hand man, who is currently locked up, is a dangerous and volatile criminal who regularly posts bizarre rants on social media in which he threatens his gangland rivals.

Gardai have been investigating whether Redmond and his associates are part of a gang which has been targeting associates of two notorious criminal brothers from Kilmore in the complicated Coolock feud.

Redmond has been officially warned by gardai on a number of occasions about an active threat against his life.

He was just 11 when his father received a lengthy jail term for manslaughter after he was found guilty of killing a toddler when he threw a petrol bomb into a house in Darndale.

Gerard Redmond (54) admitted he threw the bomb into the kitchen to get back at a man he had fought with earlier in the evening.

It is understood that over the years many of 'Roo' Redmond's pals have been shot dead as part of criminal feuds.

One of these was Sean Little who became the second of five people to die as a result of the Coolock drugs feud.

A 31-year-old criminal who is heavily involved in the deadly Coolock feud which has claimed five lives, has lost €136,000 in assets after a High Court judgement this week.

Convicted drug dealer Robert 'Roo' Redmond has survived an assassination attempt and was also twice arrested for possession of firearms in relation to the feud which threatened to spiral out of all control last year.

However he was released without charge on both occasions but is understood to be under increasing pressure in recent days because his 32-year-old right-hand man is now in custody on separate firearms charges.

"He is one of the most active criminals operating in the capital," a senior source said last night.

'Roo' Redmond has been the focus of multiple investigations by specialist garda units including the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).

He was also closely monitored by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) who made two significant seizures from him in August, 2018, and January, 2019.

The CAB seizures were was even before the Coolock feud kicked off last year with the gun murder of Roo's pal Sean Little near Balbriggan.

In the High Court on Monday, Mr Justice Alex Owens gave permission to CAB to sell off Redmond's seized assets and hand over the proceeds into State coffers.

The assets included a 151 Audi A6 car, a quantity of designer jewellery that included high end watches, handbags, clothing and more than €36,000 in cash.

The total value of the assets is estimated at €136,000.

Redmond was not present in court to hear that the State will seize the items which include a diamond encrusted Audemars Piquet Watch valued at over €22,000; a Rolex watch valued at over €16,000 as well as a ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch valued at over €21,000.

Designer goods, including Louis Vuitton handbags, wallets, sunglasses Givenchy shoes and designer jackets, worth €10,000 were also seized.

Redmond, who has 77 criminal convictions, including four for possession of drugs, was jailed for five years in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2013 when he pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, Malahide Road, on September 29, 2010.

He had initially denied the charges and elected for trial.

The court heard that Redmond was caught with almost €43,000 worth of heroin and cannabis in two apartments.

He said he paid €6,000 in cash for the nine ounces of heroin which have an estimated street value of €36,970.

Redmond also said that he didn't owe money for the drugs and had not been under pressure to store them. He said a tick list found at one of the apartments was a list of people who owed him money for drugs.

Redmond has been involved in feuds on the capital's nothside for over a decade and was shot in the legs when he was targeted by a gunman inside the doorway of a pub at Clonshaugh Shopping Centre in Priorswood in 2011.

He also survived an attempted gun murder last September in the Donaghmede area which happened as part of the deadly Coolock gang warfare.

It is understood that Redmond managed to hide in a bathroom while a 30-year-pal of the convicted criminal suffered serious injuries in the gun attack.

As part of further investigations into the shooting, two guns and ammunition linked to Redmond's associates were seized and a 44-year-old close associate of his was arrested just days after the botched murder attempt.

In January of this year, Redmond and his right-hand man were arrested before being released without charge over a double shooting in north Dublin which left one victim with catastrophic injuries.

The duo were arrested near a burning Black 151 D reg Citroen C4 car at Greenwood Avenue, Clonshaugh, around 13km away from the double shooting at St Margaret's on the afternoon of January 17 last.

They were also arrested and released without charge on July 30 last year in a separate case when detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) seized a pistol and a revolver during an intelligence operation in Coolock.

Redmond's right-hand man who is currently locked up is a dangerous and volatile criminal who regularly posts bizarre rants on social media in which he threatens his gangland rivals.

Gardai have been investigating whether Redmond and his associates are part of a gang who have been targeting associates of two notorious criminal brothers from Kilmore in the hugely complicated Coolock feud.

Redmond has been officially warned by gardai on a number of occasions about an active threat against his life.

Redmond was aged just 11 when his father Gerard received a lengthy jail term for manslaughter after he was found guilty of killing a toddler who was asleep when he threw a petrol bomb into a house in Darndale.

Gerard Redmond (54) admitted he threw the bomb into the kitchen to get back at a man he had fought with earlier in the evening.

It is understood that over the years many of 'Roo' Redmond's pals have been shot dead as part of criminal feuds.

One of these was Sean Little who became the second of five people to die as a result of the Coolock drugs feud.