Judge jails man for con­spir­acy to mur­der

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A man who ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a firearm and be­ing part of a con­spir­acy to mur­der a tar­get of the Ki­na­han crime gang has been jailed for 11 years.

Luke Wil­son (23), who him­self had been the vic­tim of an at­tempted mur­der bid when his best friend shot him in the face five years ago, was recorded by gar­dai in “ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sions” about the mur­der plot. He said in an au­dio record­ing that he had “no prob­lem” camp­ing in the back of a van in or­der “to get” Gary Han­ley and that he wanted “money not jail”.

The fa­ther of one also said: “He [Han­ley] doesn’t even un­der­stand why our peo­ple want him gone, he is such a f**king id­iot”.

Wil­son from Cre­mona Road in Bal­lyfer­mot, Dublin ad­mit­ted in July to con­spir­ing to mur­der Mr Han­ley be­tween Septem­ber 15th and Novem­ber 6th last year.

He also pleaded guilty to un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a Beretta hand­gun with in­tent to en­dan­ger life at Philips­burgh Av­enue, Fairview, Dublin on Novem­ber 6th last year.

Pass­ing sen­tence yes­ter­day at the Spe­cial Crim­i­nal Court, Mr Jus­tice Tony Hunt said it was pre­vi­ously heard a “ver­ti­cal chain of com­mand” ex­isted and Wil­son had no act or part in the “or­gan­i­sa­tional part” of the en­deav­our. The judge said Wil­son was heard on two of the 23 au­dio tran­scripts which were avail­able.

Snort­ing co­caine

Mr Jus­tice Hunt said Wil­son had been de­scribed by gar­daí as “an es­sen­tial cog in the wheel” and he had per­formed an im­por­tant role.

The judge re­ferred to the fact that Wil­son, now drug-free, could be heard snort­ing co­caine in the record­ings. Mr Jus­tice Hunt said Wil­son had a dif­fi­cult start in life. Wil­son’s mother had died from a drug over­dose.

The judge said Wil­son was mo­ti­vated by fi­nan­cial and gam­bling is­sues. There was ref­er­ence to Wil­son, who had agreed to carry out the killing, ex­pect­ing a pay­ment in the tran­scripts.

Re­fer­ring to the firearm charge, the judge said this car­ried a max­i­mum sen­tence of life im­pris­on­ment and a min­i­mum sen­tence of 10 years.

Firearm

Mr Jus­tice Hunt said the head­line sen­tence for the firearm of­fence was 16 years but he ac­cepted there were mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors in his favour, the “most weighty” one be­ing his early guilty plea .

“Very se­ri­ous harm was in­tended and it was only pre­vented by good po­lice work,” said Mr Jus­tice Hunt.

“He is now fac­ing a long cus­to­dial sen­tence at a rel­a­tively young age and his con­stant med­i­cal con­di­tion will make life dif­fi­cult for him in prison and upon his re­lease,” the judge re­marked.

The court pre­vi­ously heard aged 18 when he was shot in the face by a friend Wil­son is fully blind in one eye and is los­ing the sight in his other eye.

Sen­tenc­ing for the firearm charge, Mr Jus­tice Hunt, sen­tenced Wil­son to 12 years with the fi­nal year sus­pended for a pe­riod of three years.

The judge em­pha­sised Wil­son could “rest as­sured” that if he had con­tested the trial he would have re­ceived a sen­tence of 16 years. Wil­son also re­ceived a six-year con­cur­rent sen­tence on the con­spir­acy charge.

Be­fore the court rose, Mr Jus­tice Hunt ad­dressed Wil­son say­ing: “It’s a long sen­tence but we have no choice in that mat­ter. You have saved your­self four or five years.”

Luke Wil­son was jailed for 11 years for plot­ting mur­der and hav­ing a gun

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