Con­trols on calls, cash, travel and in­ter­net

Sunday Mail (UK) - - John Niven - Nor­man Sil­vester

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

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