Sunday 17 December 2017

Don's best mate among four jailed for brutal attack

Mark 'Bucko' Buckley
Mark 'Bucko' Buckley

The best pal of slain gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne was one of four men jailed for two years yesterday for their role in a savage assault on a pal of a young man who was brutally murdered in the same pub where the attack happened.

Dunne's close pal Mark 'Bucko' Buckley (32), who the court heard suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, along with three of his close associates admitted charges of violent disorder at the Cabra House pub in north Dublin on August 13, 2013.

Apart from 'Bucko', of Rathbourne Drive, Navan Road, also before the court were Graham Farrell (32), of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Christopher Waldron (33), of St Fintan Road, Cabra, and his brother David Waldron (38), of Ratoath Road.

The Herald can reveal the extremely violent incident took place when an associate of murdered drug dealer Paul Cullen (27) called to the home of David Waldron and started making threats against him.

Sources have revealed that after this happened, Cullen's pal - who was drunk - went to the Cabra House pub where Cullen was shot dead by gangland criminals five months later.

David Waldron's pal then "rounded up a posse" who drove to the pub that the young man was drinking in and brutally attacked him.

Dublin Circuit Court heard yesterday that the four arrived at the bar in two cars, driven by David Waldron and Buckley.

David Waldron took a handsaw from the boot of his car and handed it to his brother while Buckley handed a steering wheel brace to Farrell.

The four men then entered the pub and walked to the back bar. The four men attacked the victim and chased him out of the pub where they continued to beat him after knocking him to the ground.

During the attack, Buckley threw a pint glass at the victim and then punched him.

He picked up a bar stool and hit the victim with it while he was on the ground. The stool was broken up into three pieces by the end of the assault.

Christopher Waldron attacked the victim inside the pub with the handsaw. He continued to hit him with the saw outside the pub, striking him repeatedly across the head and body until he fell to the ground.

Outside the pub David Waldron punched the victim until he fell to the ground and then continued to kick and stamp on him.

Farrell is seen on the CCTV footage raising the wheel brace above his head when the victim is on the ground.


When the victim tries to escape from the pub Farrell threw the stool at him.

Despite receiving serious injuries in the sustained assault, the victim refused to make any statement to gardai.

The four Dublin men were identified through CCTV footage from the pub.

They said little during garda interviews and the prosecutions were based on footage of the incident.

The victim's pal Paul Cullen was the victim of a savage gangland murder in front of his disabled dad after he got in a bitter disagreement with a local drugs gang.


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