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Wednesday 20 June 2018

'Wayne Bradley beat me several times with a bat'

The attack was filmed on CCTV
The attack was filmed on CCTV
The attacker, said to be Wayne Bradley, is caught on CCTV brandishing the bat
The man is struck with the iron bar
The man is brutally beaten with the iron bar
Bradley waves the iron bar in the terrified man's face
Wayne Bradley

A young man has claimed he was beaten repeatedly with a weapon by gangland criminal Wayne Bradley for trespassing at his north Dublin property.

Shocking CCTV footage shows the victim being struck a number of times in the back and legs with a bat by a man believed to be Bradley.

The video shows the attacker savagely swinging the bat full force several times during the vicious assault in Finglas.

However, the victim has since posted a message on Facebook in which he says that he has no issue with Bradley (39).

He told how they were "mates" and that he has apologised to him three times, claiming he was under the influence of "tablets" when he trespassed at Bradley's home.

"It will never happen again, I was out of my head on tablets," he said in his bizarre post.

According to the footage, the incident happened shortly before 1am on December 21.

A third man was also present for the violent altercation but does not appear to get directly involved in the assault.

Gardai in Finglas are aware of the incident but are not investigating it as they have not received a complaint.

Notorious criminal Bradley is under threat from a number of different crime organisations including a north inner city crew with links to the Hutch mob and a vicious Finglas gang who are associated with the Kinahan cartel.

"Wayne has been trying to keep his head down as much as possible because of the threats. He basically locked himself into his house over Christmas," a source said last night.

It is understood Bradley has not got involved in a bitter criminal feud in the locality that has seen a number of violent incidents as well as multiple gun and drug seizures by gardai. SENTENCE Bradley served a five-year jail sentence for his role as a look-out during a raid on a Tesco store in Celbridge in 2007 under the direction of slain gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Older brother Alan 'Fatpuss' Bradley (43) served a six-and-a-half year sentence for the same offence.

Gardai are aware of an incident in December 2016, in which a Kinahan-aligned dealer threw an object, believed to be a rock, at an SUV vehicle which was occupied by Wayne Bradley.

It is not believed that anyone was injured in the incident but sources say that the dealer's motivation was to show Bradley "who was the boss of the area" even though Bradley is not suspected of involvement in the local drugs trade.

Last April, the Herald revealed that gardai were monitoring the activities of Bradley's Kinahan-linked enemy after they received information that the thug who is aged in his 20s, was driving around in a high-powered Audi car and was intending to shoot either Wayne or his older brother, 'Fatpuss'.

On the night, an up-and-coming criminal working for Bradley's enemy was involved in a car chase with gardai in Dunboyne, Co Meath, but was not arrested. 

Release

Meanwhile, elder brother 'Fatpuss' is due to be released from jail within days after he spent Christmas behind bars when 29 days that he spent on bail from prison, while seeking early release, were added to the end of his sentence.

He was granted bail on September 20 and released pending the outcome of a legal challenge against his imprisonment for trying to rob a security van in 2007.

Bradley was jailed for seven years on a charge of conspiring to steal from a security van transporting almost €1m in cash as part of a raid organised by slain crime lord Eamon 'The Don' Dunne's gang.

Alongside his brother Wayne and other 'Don' gang members, Bradley pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland in November 2007 at Tesco, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

He had been sentenced in April 2012 to nine years, dating from February 14, 2012, with the final two years suspended. This sentence was reduced on appeal to eight years with 18 months suspended.

'Fatpuss' was the second-in-command of the 2007 crime, just behind gang boss Eamon 'The Don' Dunne and also has close links to several major gangland criminals in the capital.

Wayne and 'Fatpuss' were considered major players in robberies in the 1990s and early 2000s.

'Fatpuss' was suspected of involvement in at least a dozen robberies, including a 1996 heist at the Santry Omniplex which netted about IR£600,000 and, at around the same time, a robbery at Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt, Dublin, worth about IR£400,000.

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