Gang boss shot 6 times over row with associates
THE Dublin gang boss who survived being riddled with six bullets had a bitter falling out with members of his own gang.
Mobster David Goulding (32) was gunned down as he sat in a car in Hartstown.
Gardai believe the notorious gangster -- who has strong links to slain crimelords Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and Michael 'Micka' Kelly -- was shot because of a bitter row with former close associates.
He was lucky to escape with his life in the attack at Cherryfield View -- a settled family estate in Dublin 15. The driver of the car was uninjured.
It is understood the lone gunman made his getaway on foot in the direction of Portersgate.
Sources told the Herald that there has been a "bitter falling out" among the west Dublin crew that Goulding is now linked to which also led to at least two shooting incidents last year.
"This is very serious -- it started when slagging got out of hand but it could now develop into a full blown feud," said a source.
Goulding is under armed guard while being treated at Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown for injuries to his arm and back.
Sources say that he is expected to survive and was sitting up in his hospital bed this morning.
The gangster – who had links to slain crimelords Eamon ‘The Don' Dunne and Michael ‘Micka' Kelly – has been a major target for gardai for years.
It is understood that Goulding, originally from Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla, was officially warned last year that there was a threat on his life.
Along with his brother Daniel (27), David Goulding was a member of the notorious Westies mob who terrorised parts of west Dublin in the late 1990s.
When the Westies mob imploded, the Goulding brothers linked up with the notorious Glennon brothers who were murdered as part of gang warfare in 2005.
After the deaths of the Glennons, David Goulding became very close to the crew, which was led by murdered gangster Michael ‘Micka' Kelly who was nicknamed ‘The Panda'.
Kelly regularly visited Goulding when he was serving various prison sentences.
In 2005 ‘The Panda' was spotted by undercover gardai visiting the prisoner in Cloverhill Prison under a false name.
In February 2009, Goulding was jailed for three years for interfering with the principal prosecution witness in an attempted murder trial.
He tried to persuade Akef Alquasar not to give evidence in the trial of Darren Larkin, who had shot Mr Alquasar in the head at the Blanchardstown Leisureplex in 2006.
The witness was urged to drop the charges during a call from Goulding because “the young fella [ Larkin] is facing 10 to 12 years and his girlfriend is pregnant”, and was told he would then be able to go home. In fact, Larkin is serving 15 years in jail.
Mr Alquasar said that in June 2006 he received an abusive phone call from Goulding's brother, Daniel ‘Deano’ Goulding, ordering him to drop the charges.
He said he was told: “You f***ing black bastard. I will blow your head off, fire an RPG [ rocket-propelled grenade] into your house and cut up your son.”
Daniel Goulding (27), who has over 30 previous convictions, is serving a 10-year sentence for possession of a kilo of cocaine. Mr Alquasar said he was contacted by David Goulding who told him not to listen to his brother and said he should deal with him.
He said he made arrangements to meet David Goulding in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre where he was urged to go to the gardai and withdraw the charges. At a court hearing in July 2010, it emerged that on the day that murdered crime figure John Paul Joyce went missing, Joyce went to hand over a BMW car's logbook to David Goulding.
Mr Joyce's body was found near Dublin Airport on January 9, 2010, two days after he had last been seen. During the hearing at Dublin District Court, Goulding's partner Karen Duffy claimed Joyce sold the Northern Ireland-registered car to her and her partner David Goulding for €7,000 and they were the legal owners of the vehicle.
Ms Duffy said she and Goulding paid cash for the car.