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Criminal with links to Drogheda feud faces Christmas awaiting trial in English jail

Robin Schiller  3 hrs ago


Criminal with links to Drogheda feud faces Christmas awaiting trial in English jail

One of Ireland’s most feared criminals looks set to spend Christmas behind bars over delays in his kidnap trial amid complaints he hasn’t been able to see his solicitor.

Cornelius Price (39), who is linked to the Maguire mob involved in the deadly Drogheda feud, is one of six people who have been charged in England over a plot to kidnap two men.

He is charged with two counts of conspiring to falsely imprison Muhammed and Shah Ali last July, as well as two counts of conspiring to blackmail both men on the same dates.

During a sitting of Wood Green Crown Court yesterday, Price complained that he hasn’t had any contact with his legal representative.

Speaking via video-link from HM Prison Dovegate, Price said: “I have had no contact with my solicitor. No contact, no paperwork, no nothing.”

Price and his five co-accused, who include his close associate Mark Kavanagh (32), were due to be arraigned yesterday and enter their pleas.

However, the court was told that their lawyers could not get hold of them in prison and that they will be arraigned next month.

Judge David Aaronberg also said that there is “no prospect whatsoever” of the case going ahead in January – meaning Price and his co-conspirators now face spending Christmas behind bars awaiting trial.

Drogheda man Mark Kavanagh, whose address is listed as Manchester, is also charged with two counts of conspiracy to falsely imprison and two counts of conspiracy to blackmail.

Originally from Yellowbatter in the Louth town, Kavanagh, like many of those with links to the feuding Drogheda mobs, fled Ireland earlier this year.

While based in England, he hooked up with other members of the Maguire gang, including Price.

But the criminals did not know that they were the focus of a major surveillance operation by specialist English police which led to their arrests in July.

Both men are considered very close associates of mob boss Owen Maguire, who was left paralysed in a shooting outside his home over two years ago.

A very close associate of Kavanagh has also had a lucky escape during a feud gun attack when the rival faction attempted to murder him in May last year during which an innocent female passer-by was almost hit with a bullet.

The two Maguire gang associates are now set to spend several more weeks in prison due to the delays.

Two other men, Darren McClean and Quincy Bramble, are charged with the kidnap of Muhammed Ali on July 8.

The two accused, as well as Price, Kavanagh, Danny Bridges and Lisa Finnerty, are also charged with conspiring to unlawfully and injuriously imprison Muhammed and Shah Ali, and detain them against their will, between July 7 and 17.

All six also face charges of blackmail with a view to making unwarranted demands of monies from the same complainants on the same date.

Yesterday Quincy Jarron Bramble (30), who travelled to court from Birmingham, stood alone in the dock as he was told he would be remanded at HM Prison Pentonville.

Judge David Aaronberg ruled the matter should be pushed back to December considering the circumstances.

The judge said: “I have adjourned the case until December 17 .”

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