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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Garda protection at family home to stop campaign of terror

The officer was taken to University College Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening lacerations
The officer was taken to University College Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening lacerations

An innocent Dublin family is receiving garda protection after an escalation in a terrifying intimidation campaign by a city gang.

The Herald has learned that officers have been posted outside the family's Crumlin home after a series of attacks were carried out at the property, including a fire bombing and a number of death threats.

Gardai believe the incidents are being orchestrated by a 28-year-old jailed criminal, who has links to the Kinahan cartel.

The campaign of intimidation is because a family member is a witness in an ongoing serious garda investigation.

A source told the Herald that gardai have now been forced to take the rare step of placing a protection post outside the innocent family's home to prevent any further attacks.

"There is a post at the house overnight, from the evening time to the morning," the source said. "This was put in place because the spate of attacks was escalating, with three incidents in one week recently."

In late October, a car connected to the family was badly damaged in an arson attack.

Sinister

Over the course of the last year, individuals aligned to the 28-year-old have also called at the family's home late at night, issuing sinister threats.

Last month, the home was again targeted by the thugs on two occasions, with several windows being smashed at the front of the property.

Another attempt to intimidate the family was made recently when undercover gardai arrested a man acting suspiciously near the property.

The undercover operation was put in place after windows in the property were smashed the previous week.

The officers, from Sundrive Road Garda Station, were in place when the hooded suspect - who also had his face covered - approached the family's property in a car with its lights off.

When the officers identified themselves, the criminal tried to flee and is understood to have disposed of a weapon before he was quickly arrested.

While in custody, he was questioned about the two previous attacks on the house, when front windows were broken.

His clothes were seized for forensic testing before he was released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The arrested man has previous convictions for public order and other offences.

His associates have been involved in a bitter local feud in the Crumlin area.

An older close associate of the thug received a major beating last December as part of this dispute with other violent local criminals.

Sources said gardai have been investigating if the suspect who was arrested last Wednesday has been taking orders from a Kinahan-linked criminal, who is currently behind bars and cannot be named for legal reasons.

The jailed Crumlin criminal has around 100 convictions and was previously jailed for a savage attack on a club doorman.

He had links to cartel criminals such as Tallaght enforcer Paul Rice Snr and slain gangster Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh, who was shot dead in Spain in September 2014.

Apart from his assault conviction, the thug also has two previous convictions for violent disorder and more than 30 for public order offences.

Intimidate

It is understood that the man arrested over the latest incident is his closest ally and regularly visits him in prison.

It is suspected he has been told to continue the campaign of intimidation, which has been ongoing for more than five months.

"The intimidation that this family has suffered has been a lot for them to endure and there were concerns that it could escalate from criminal damage incidents to even more serious incidents," a source told the Herald.

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