KINAHAN GUNMAN CAGED FOR FOILED HIT ON FEUD RIVAL
Wilson gets 11-year term for plot to kill Hutch gang member
Senior gardai after yesterday’s sentence hearing in Dublin A Cocaine-snorting hitman was yesterday jailed for 11 years over a Kinahan plot to kill a rival Hutch gangster.
Luke Wilson, 23, from West Dublin, pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder Gary Hanley last year.
He also admitted possessing a Beretta handgun with intent to endanger life in the north of the city.
The court was previously told by Det Insp David Gallagher, from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, that gardai had bugged a van being used by Wilson for his role in the hit.
It was claimed the defendant had an “extensive discussion about the plan and methodology” and at one point he said: “No more jail – we want money not jail.”
Wilson was also detected sniffing cocaine repeatedly while in the van.
Hanley is a close confidante of the Hutch clan and gardai said he was a target of the Kinahans in the bloody gangland feud.
From September 11 to November 6, Garda surveillance experts followed the defendant and also listened in to discussions.
He chatted about using a crowbar to force the front door of the house where Hanley was living.
The accused also discussed lying in wait in a van and attacking him as he travelled to the gym or when he stepped into the garden to take a phone call.
Early on November 2 gardai were listening as Wilson repeatedly spoke about “making sure he got home” after carrying out the strike.
Four days later the bug in the vehicle picked up the defendant speaking about a “Beretta with a pipe [silencer]”.
Gardai moved in and arrested the defendant after a youth on a bicycle delivered the gun in a bag to him as he sat in the van.
The court heard Wilson had 36 previous convictions which included road traffic matters, theft possession for drugs and public order offences.
He admitted having the Beretta at Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview.
At the Special Criminal Court, Mr Justice Tony Hunt praised gardai for their work and said Wilson was motivated by “financial gain”.
He advised the accused, from Cremona Road in Ballyfermot, that “you saved yourself four more years” with the guilty plea.
Wilson, wearing a black T-shirt and grey tracksuit pants, smiled towards gardai and replied: “Appreciate that your honour.”
Assistant Commissioner John O’driscoll, who heads Special Crime Operations, said: “The Garda Siochana continues to respond in a comprehensive and unrelenting manner to the activities of particular organised crime groups, particular where they have engaged in the planning of murders and attempts to cause serious injury to those that have crossed their paths.
“A period of intelligence gathering was followed by very effective operational activity led by the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau and supported by other national units such as the Emergency Response Unit, other armed support units and local units within the DMR, which led to the arrest of suspects, who, we alleged, were in the process of implementing plans to murder. More recently, through a considerable number of convictions, including that relating to Luke Wilson today, we have entered a phase where significant achievement is being made in bringing those engaged in organised crime, who wreak havoc in our communities, to justice.
“I hope the success achieved by the Garda Siochana today will provide reassurance to the communities that we serve, that we are determined to dismantle organised crime groups and put them out of business.”
Crime godfather Christy “Dapper Don” Kinahan has been involved a feud with the Hutch gang that has claimed at least 14 lives in three years.
Anyone who has information about the attacks should contact their local Garda station.
MOBSTERS Luke Wilson, 23, from Dublin, and, inset, mob boss Christy Kinahan TARGETGary Hanley &, above, well-known figure Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch