Controls on calls, cash, travel and internet
One of Scotland’s most notorious gangsters will have his phone calls monitored when he is released from prison.
Cocaine k ing pin Mark Richardson will also have his internet use and bank accounts checked. There will be controls on the 31-year- old’s travel and how much money he is allowed to carry. Associating with fellow criminals will also be banned. Richardson is serving eight years and nine months for his role in an organised crime gang who f looded Scotland with guns and drugs. They also kidnapped, tortured and attempted to murder a former associate accused of owing cash. Richardson is an associate of Steven “Bonzo” Daniel – a key figure in the Daniel crime clan – and was friends with murdered gangster Kevin “Gerbil “Carroll.
The Edinburgh-based thug was handed a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) last October. Fellow gang member Barry O’Neill was given the same restrictions the next month.
SCPOs have been dubbed “super- Asbos” because of the clampdown imposed on high-level criminals.
Richardson and O’Neill, 37, of Glasgow’s Possil, were part of a nine- strong gang jailed for 87 years at the High Court in Glasgow last January. They were the last two members of the group to be handed SCPOs.
Richardson was jailed after being caught with a Glock handgun in Baillieston. He had a not guilty plea of attempting to murderRossMonaghanaccepted.
O’Neill admitted to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was given seven years behind bars. Richardson – nicknamed Gar y Tank Commander by rivals because of his resemblance to the comedy character – got another 18 months last May following a car chase with police through Glasgow in 2016.
He was also ordered to hand over £14,450 of crime proceeds found in a car outside his home.
The Crown Office said: “The SCPOs granted against the accused are a powerful tool in combatting serious organised crime. Breach of an SCPO carries a potentialtial f ive- year prison sentence.” ”
A police insiderr said: “SCPOs are designed to make it as dif f icult as pos s i b l e for c r imina l s to return to a life e of crime.”
The Scottish Courts ourts and Tribunals Service ervice said: “In respectct of Richardson, an order was made for f ive years, to take effect ffect from his jail release.” ase.”
JAILED O’Neill. Below, Glock gun