EL CRAPO GILLIGAN.
John Gilligan ‘literally’ crapped his pants after seeing cops dig up gun that could be Veronica Guerin murder weapo
26 Oct 2020, 7:00
DRUGS baron John Gilligan “literally” crapped his pants when he saw cops dig up the gun they believe could be the Veronica Guerin murder weapon.
The pint-sized gangster had to rush to the bathroom with a police escort after losing control of his bowels following the dramatic find.
Well-placed sources said the 68-year-old was left with more than just skid marks after they discovered the rare Colt Python .357 Magnum — the same type of weapon used to assassinate crime reporter Guerin in 1996 — hidden under gravel in the garden of his Costa Blanca villa.
An insider said: “When the gun appeared John had to go to the toilet. He needed to go to the toilet.”
Another source added: “You can understand someone s****ing themselves figuratively-speaking when police find a gun in your back garden, but this was literally.
“Gilligan going to the toilet was an urgent necessity.
“It wasn’t a good day for him but it was a good sign for the police that this weapon could be hiding a lot of secrets and give detectives a great deal of interesting information when they’ve found out everything they need to know about it.
“Gilligan was present throughout the whole search, from the moment officers went over his garden with a metal detector to the moment it began to bleep and was then pulled out of the ground.”
GUN HIDDEN ‘LIKE A SOUVENIR’
The new revelation will add to speculation the Colt Python found wrapped in plastic at Gilligan’s four-bed home near the Costa Blanca town of Torrevieja could be the one used to kill Ms Guerin in a traffic light ambush on the outskirts of Dublin in June 1996.
Her brother Jimmy has said he believes it is “highly unlikely” it is the murder weapon.
But Spanish police sources point to its rarity and the fact that it was hidden “like a souvenir” in Gilligan’s garden and was “not being kept to use, quite the contrary”.
They say it had been hidden by someone who had placed the gun in a hole they dug in the ground and covered with gravel and cloth used to stop weeds coming through before more gravel was piled on top.
One highly experienced Spanish officer revealed over the weekend he had only seen two guns of that type in the past 20 years.
Gilligan’s embarrassing reaction to the weapons find is an added extra that has given Spanish police grounds to believe they could have made a dramatic seizure with ramifications for the Guerin case.
RAID ON SPANISH VILLA
The Irishman was arrested along with five others on Tuesday, including his son Darren and a British woman, following a lengthy investigation into a drug smuggling gang Gilligan allegedly led.
The notorious criminal was acquitted of Ms Guerin’s murder at a 2001 trial but convicted of drugs trafficking and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Well-placed sources said the raid on Gilligan’s villa — similar to the operation to bring down Mexican drug baron El Chapo — crucially took place as he was preparing a delivery to Ireland of marijuana and prescription-only sleeping pills known as Zimmos, which heroin addicts use to help them sleep and numb pain.
The insider said Gilligan was inside his home with part of the consignment and another two suspects were in a car outside with a further two boxes due to be sent via post.
A Spanish National Police spokesman did not name Gilligan in a force statement but said: “Investigators managed to intercept four postal deliveries in Spain in which four kilos of marijuana and 15,000 pills had been hidden.
“The well-known Irish criminal who allegedly headed the organisation was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2001 and served 17 years.
“Irish investigators linked his organisation to the murder of the Irish journalist.”
The force added in its statement: “The revolver that has been found is the same mark and model as the one used in the assassination of an Irish journalist in Dublin in 1996. Spanish officers are working with the Irish police to determine if it’s the same gun used to end her life.”
REMANDED IN CUSTODY
A court official confirmed that Gilligan had been remanded in custody on Thursday after appearing before a duty judge in a closed court hearing in the town of Torrevieja.
They added: “All six suspects are being investigated as part of a criminal probe opened for crimes against public health, unlawful possession of firearms and membership of a criminal gang.”
Gilligan, the only one of the six detainees remanded in custody, has not yet been formally charged with any crime as charges are only laid shortly before trial in Spain.
Criminal investigations of the sort Gilligan now faces can take months and even years in some cases to complete.
He can be held in custody on remand for up to four years without trial, although it is normal for most suspects to be released on bail after a maximum of two years.
GUERIN MURDER AN ‘ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY’
Ms Guerin was working for the Sunday Independent when she was shot dead at a red traffic light on the Naas Dual Carriageway near Newlands Cross on the outskirts of Dublin.
The gun used to shoot her by one of two men on a motorbike was never found.
Her funeral was attended by Irish Taoiseach John Bruton, who described her murder as an “attack on democracy.”
The assassination led to the formation of Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau targeting organised criminals’ illegally acquired assets.
The 2003 biographical crime film Veronica Guerin, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role, was the second to be inspired by the reporter’s life.