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Monday 16 September 2019

Gardai on high alert as criminal targeted in feud walks from prison

Murder victim Sean Little
Murder victim Sean Little

Gardai are on high alert after a north Dublin criminal, who has been targeted as part of a deadly feud, was released from prison.

The Coolock thug, in his mid-20s, was the target of planned a jailhouse knife attack last month which never went ahead, while gardai have also foiled a hit on his older brother.

The two men are linked to a crime gang associated with murdered Sean Little and are involved in a complex feud in the north Dublin suburb.

Local detectives and national garda units are now on high alert after the Coolock criminal walked out of Wheatfield Prison on Saturday morning.

The criminal is suspected of carrying out a serious assault in jail last May but escaped injury after last month's plot to stab him was foiled.

In a bizarre incident last month, a Finglas criminal - who was previously arrested for the attempted murder of James 'Mago' Gately in 2017 - took a polygraph test in the UK in a failed effort to convince his former associates that he was not involved in the Little killing.

The 29-year-old mobster also shared images of his lie detector results, which he claims shows that he had no involvement in organising the botched jailhouse stabbing last month.

Blamed

He has also been blamed for orchestrating a plot to murder the recently released criminal's older brother.

The elder sibling, a man in his late-20s and heavily involved in organised crime, was officially warned in June of a credible risk to his life.

He is at war with a 30-year-old heroin dealer in what is one of the country's most complicated feuds, involving around 30 people.

Women have also been dragged into the gang warfare, with a female suspected to be acting as a driver for the older brother of the criminal released from jail at the weekend.

"The concern isn't just that he will be targeted after being released, but that he will become actively involved in the feud,'' a source told the Herald.

"He has a major criminal pedigree like his brother - both of whom are heavily involved in organised crime.''

The young thug has already been jailed for an assault on a driver and had a bogus injury claim thrown out.

The last major garda development in the feud was late last month, when two men were quizzed after a car was searched and two firearms recovered.

Gardai believe they foiled a "potential hit" following the surveillance operation and that the target of the hitmen was the older brother of the criminal who has been released from jail.

A 30-year-old gangster, who is one of the main players in the feud, and a 33-year-old suspected of being the younger man's driver, were arrested by detectives from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

They were questioned at Ballymun Garda Station before being released without charge.

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