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Dewar ends Belfast criminal Liam Dewar jailed for conspiring to import cocaine with Robbie Lawlor murder suspect

Judge Patrick Lynch said given Dewar was “responsible for the importation of a substantial quantity of drugs….lengthy custodial sentences are inevitable.”

Liam Dewar

Liam Dewar


February 27 2021 03:20 PM

A BELFAST criminal has been jailed for conspiring to import cocaine with a murder victim suspected of involvement in the fatal shooting of Dublin hitman Robbie Lawlor.

Liam Dewar was sentenced to 26 months in prison on Friday for conspiring with Warren Crossan to import £180,000 of cocaine into Northern Ireland.

Crossan from Belfast was arrested in relation to the murder of notorious criminal Lawlor last year and was himself later shot dead in a revenge attack.

Lawlor was shot dead in Belfast last April in a hit which was believed to have been orchestrated by a criminal consortium including Northern criminals, a feuding gang in Drogheda and the north Dublin gangboss known as Mr Big.

Crossan was importing drugs into the north after forming an alliance with the Dublin gangsters and was facing charges related to the importation of the £180,000 worth of cocaine which was transported from Dublin to Belfast in November 2019.

However, he was shot dead in Belfast last summer before he could face trial.

Dewar was also charged in relation to the cocaine and was sentenced at Craigavon Crown Court this week.

Judge Patrick Lynch said given Dewar was “responsible for the importation of a substantial quantity of drugs….lengthy custodial sentences are inevitable.”

Warren Crossan was gunned down in broad daylight
              outside his mother's house in June

Warren Crossan was gunned down in broad daylight outside his mother’s house in June

He said Dewar would spend half his sentence in jail and half on supervised licence conditions

At an earlier hearing Belfast man Dewar, of no fixed abode entered guilty pleas to conspiring with Crossan to import cocaine and to possess the class A drug with intent to supply on 8 November 2019.

On Friday prosecutor Joseph Murphy outlined how Dewar was arrested when cops stopped a van he was driving on the A1 close to Hillsborough, Co. Down.

An initial search found nothing and the van was locked into Creighton’s Garage for the weekend while Dewar was freed on police bail.

Cops couldn’t find the drugs hidden inside a van and were about to hand it back when a gang tried unsuccessfully to bust it out so suspicious detectives had another look and uncovered three kilos of cocaine, said to be worth £180,000 under the floor, behind the driver’s seat in the Citroen Berlingo van.

Mr Murphy said Dewar’s phone was also seized and triaged by police and it showed numerous text exchanges between him and Warren Crossan along with a photograph of €15,000 in cash.

Murdered crime boss Robbie Lawlor. Photo: Pacemaker

Murdered crime boss Robbie Lawlor. Photo: Pacemaker

During interview, Dewar claimed he had travelled to Dublin to hand over money for the payment of damages to a vehicle but he denied having any knowledge of the drugs.

He further claimed he had taken the picture of the cash as he had never seen that amount of money before and had given it to an unknown male in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

Crossan (28) had been on bail accused of involvement in the importation but he was gunned down close to his home on Rodney Parade in west Belfast on 25 June.

To date no one has been charged with his murder.

In court on Friday, defence counsel Peter Coiley said Dewar had been working for Crossan, delivering and collecting vehicles so “there was an element of trust being built up” but that when he went to Dublin and saw the cocaine being stashed in the van, “he was way in over his head.”

He said it was an exciting time in his life, he was mixed up in a very sinister world.”

Mr Coiley submitted that Dewar “made a very foolish decision to acquiesce in the plan….and that decision in a car in Dublin will now haunt him.”

Jailing Dewar, Judge Lynch said while there was an element that Crossan had “groomed” him to become involved, describing his role as “not a chief but a trusted soldier….nevertheless you are responsible for the importation of a large quantity of drugs.”

Lawlor was shot dead outside a house on Etna Drive in Belfast in April after being set up while going to collect a debt and detectives believe criminals from north and south of the border collaborated on the killing. Belfast men Patrick Teer, 45, and Adrian Holland, 37, have been charged in relation to the murder and the PSNI said over 20 suspects have been identified in the case

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