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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Kinahan in fear of life as he seeks police protection

Christy Kinihan. Photo: Sunday World
Christy Kinihan. Photo: Sunday World

The son of crime boss Christy Kinahan is seeking police protection in Spain because he is living in fear of his life.

Lawyers for Christy Kinahan's son Daniel announced today they would be asking the Spanish courts to provide him with armed police protection.

Daniel Kinahan's application to a Spanish court will fuel speculation that the recent mistaken-identity shooting of former boxer Jamie Moore at Kinahan's Spanish house - as well as last week's murder of gang enforcer Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh - were messages to the Kinahan family that they could be the next targets of violent gangland wars ripping the Costa del Sol apart.

Helpless

Javier Arias, a lawyer who represents Daniel in Spain, also rubbished reports that Kavanagh had connections with the Kinahan family, insisting the gangster had no "personal or working relationship" with Daniel.

"The only link between Daniel and Gerard Kavanagh is that they're Irish," he said.

Daniel Kinahan is facing a money laundering trial in Spain with his brother Christopher and their father following their May 2010 arrests Costa arrests.

He is still bound by the decisions of the magistrate investigating him.

Meanwhile, former boxing champion Jamie Moore has spoken for the first time about being gunned down outside Kinahan's Spanish home.

Moore (35) was shot in the hip and leg in Estepona near Marbella where he was training his former sporting rival Matthew Macklin.

He was in the driveway of Daniel Kinahan's house when he was confronted by a masked man on August 3.

Moore said he knows Kinahan for eight months but never saw any problems with him.

"I've just seen him in the gym working with the lads. He's a great bloke," he said.

Reliving the shocking events, Moore said he first thought the gunman was playing a prank.

"It happened so quick, I said: 'Aw, f**k off!' and carried on walking. Then I turned around and said: 'You know what? That's not even funny.' And then he shot me in the hip. Bang. I hit the floor," said Moore.

"He kept shooting and I could feel my body shaking so I knew I'd been shot again," he added from his home on the outskirts of Manchester.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Moore said he thought he was going to bleed to death on the driveway, but using the calm and discipline that boxing had taught him he rang 911 with his own phone and called an ambulance.

"I thought I was finished and it's the emptiest, most horrible feeling ever. I felt helpless and lonely - lying on a driveway at night bleeding to death.

"I thought: 'I can't die here … how am I going to leave my kids with no dad?'"

"I remember saying to the woman in the back (of the ambulance): 'Please don't let me die'."

"In the hospital they said: 'We have to operate because you have a bullet inside you.'

"When I woke I felt delirious, seeing all these nurses, but I was happy too. 'Yes, I'm alive'," he added.

Police

Moore said the Spanish police told him there are problems with Russian and Ukrainian gangs in that part of Spain.

"But I've not had one phone call off the Spanish police since I returned home. Even the British police haven't been to see me," he said.

"The Spanish officers said they had contacted the British police and they would take a statement. I said 'sound' but I've heard nothing since."

"Without wanting to sound too dramatic it was very harrowing - especially as it was so unexpected," he added.

"If you live your life doing shadowy things you expect this to happen. You're always looking over your shoulder - whereas this came absolutely out of the blue," Moore explained.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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