Gardai pepper sprayed as gangster flees hospital
A NOTORIOUS gangster is at large today after three of his associates pepper sprayed and assaulted uniformed gardai who were monitoring him in hospital.
The shocking incident happened outside the Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown yesterday evening and led to David Goulding (32) fleeing in a speeding car.
Goulding -- who survived an assassination attempt last Wednesday night -- was due to be discharged from hospital and arrested by officers yesterday on an outstanding bench warrant.
Yesterday gardai were due to execute the warrant when he was officially discharged from hospital -- four days after the gangster was due to be discharged.
Instead two officers were savagely attacked by three of Goulding's associates before he jumped into a northern- registered car.
His escape led to a major manhunt by armed detectives in west Dublin last night.
Goulding had a miracle escape when he was shot up to six times as he sat in a car at Cherryfield View, Hartstown, west Dublin, last week. He didn't suffer serious injuries in the attack and was being treated for injuries to his arm and back.
The gangster -- who had strong 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, who originally comes from Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla, was officially warned last year that there was an active 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 from within, the Goulding brothers linked up with the notorious Glennon brothers who were murdered as part of the 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 and 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 him in the head at the Blanchardstown Leisureplex in 2006.
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 on January 9, 2010, near Dublin Airport two days after he had last been seen.