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Monday 11 December 2017

Thugs fired bullets into house over bitter grudge

TWO out-of-control thugs targeted another man in a gun attack because of a bitter personal grudge they had against him, the Herald can reveal.

Jason McLoughlin (33) -- a younger brother of convicted gangland enforcer Derek 'Wertho' McLoughlin -- and Jason's pal Sean 'Sixpence' McDermott (27) were handed seven-year jail sentences for firing bullets into a house in Ballyfermot, in January of last year.

The blundering duo suffered severe injuries after they crashed their getaway car on Luas tracks at Davitt Road in Inchicore.

Minutes earlier the criminals had arrived at a house in Croftworth Grove, Ballyfermot.

McDermott produced a shotgun and fired three rounds at the sitting-room window, a bedroom window and the front door.

The intended target of the attack was Gary Gleeson (28 - pictured) who was cleared in 2007 of the stabbing murder of a 19-year-old man outside an off-licence in Ballyfermot.

Sources say that McLoughlin and 'Sixpence' had a major problem with Gleeson for years which culminated in the shooting incident.

Both men required extensive hospital treatment after being injured when they crashed in the chase from gardai. Knowing that he was facing a lengthy spell behind bars for his latest crime, 'Sixpence' even attempted to flee from hospital despite having two broken legs.

"He managed to get away despite the fact that both his legs were in plaster but gardai picked him up some weeks later," said a source.

'Sixpence' earned his nickname because of his small size as a teenager but local sources said that as soon as he served his first prison term, he "bulked up" and became one of the most feared thugs operating in the Ballyfermot area.

In one incident in June 2008, 'Sixpence' was arrested after he punched a garda in the face and stole the garda's Nokia mobile phone after he was stopped on the M50 for suspected drink driving.

With his close pal, Jason McLoughlin, the two criminals embarked on a car jacking and armed robbery spree in the locality which resulted in many of their previous convictions.

Jason McLoughlin -- whose brother Derek (40) is a leading member of a local organised crime gang and is serving a four-year sentence for possession of a .38 handgun and ammunition -- was always considered "a more reckless criminal" than his brother.



Ashamed

"Wertho's crew wouldn't have trusted Jason with any important criminal business -- he is too out of control," said a source.

At the sentencing hearing at Dublin Circuit Court Sean Gillane, defending McDermott, said the 27-year-old, who has 77 previous convictions, is an abuser of alcohol and drugs and has spent most of his 20s in custody.

"He is ashamed of his involvement in this crime and the fact that no one was hurt is a matter of relevance and good fortune," said Mr Gillane.

Remy Farrell, defending McLoughlin, said the 33-year-old, who has 62 previous convictions, committed his first crime at the age of 14.

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