The Irish Courts are Sending out a Clear Message today, Crime does not Pay, in the End?

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The Man who drove gunman jailed for 10 years

Updated / Friday, 12 Mar 2021 14:46

Lee
          Boylan was shot three times in the shoulder and neck as he sat
          in his van at a busy junction
Lee Boylan was shot three times in the shoulder and neck as he sat in his van at a busy junction

Crime Correspondent

A 49-year-old Limerick man who drove the gunman that shot a rival organised crime gang member in west Dublin nearly two years ago has been jailed for 10 years.

Alan Graham, of Davin Gardens, Caherdavin, Limerick, pleaded guilty to helping a criminal gang in its attempt to murder Lee Boylan at Blakestown Road, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 on 6 March 2019.

Boylan was shot three times in the shoulder and neck as he sat in his van at a busy junction.

The Central Criminal Court heard today it was “a miraculous piece of medical luck” that the 24-year-old survived.

Detective Sergeant Shane McCartan said Boylan would have bled to death if his carotid artery and jugular vein had not joined in an “arteriovenus fistula” and stopped the bleeding.

Boylan, he said, is the father of a three-year-old boy and asked the garda in the ambulance on the way to hospital that day not to let him die.

Lee Boylan

His child was supposed to be with him that day but had a fall.

The detective told the court there was a “sophisticated stakeout” as part of the attempt on Lee Boylan’s life involving several others, four cars, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Boylan was watched as he brought his car to a car wash in Blakestown because his dog got sick in it and was shot and critically injured after he collected it.

Alan Graham drove the gunman ‘Mr D’ to the scene, burned out the BMW after and took a taxi to meet him in a pub in Finglas where they had a drink. They were captured on CCTV shaking hands.

Graham became friends with the gunman while serving a drugs sentence in prison. The gunman drove to Limerick, brought him to Dublin for the shooting and let him stay with him in his mother’s house in Ballymun.

‘Mr D’ was described in court as “the Mastermind, a dangerous figure”.

The court was told that Graham became involved in the attempted murder because he had a drug debt. He was caught in 2010 with €750,000 worth of cocaine and €200,000 in cash and jailed for ten years.

However, the gang that lost the drugs and money, the court heard, held him responsible, he was under pressure and the windows of his home in Limerick had been broken.

Lee Boylan was shot, the court heard, because the rival organised crime gang believed he had been involved in the murder of a man in December 2018.

He spent five months in Connolly and Beaumont hospitals and in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dún Laoghaire.

However, he “quite suddenly” discharged himself from there in August 2019.

The three bullets could not be removed and remain in his body and he sustained life-changing injuries during the attack.

Boylan refused to co-operate with the garda investigation or make a victim impact statement, despite having been asked four times.

An Aquarius encrypted phone was seized from Alan Graham when he was arrested in Limerick, the court heard, and he denied during garda interviews any involvement in the attempted murder.

Graham has 20 previous convictions including one for selling stolen passports in Canada from where he was subsequently deported.

Mr Justice Michael White said that other than the gunman, who was a senior member of an organised crime gang, Graham could not have been closer to the crime.

He said it was a well-planned attack by a criminal gang involving a sophisticated degree of surveillance.

He sentenced Alan Graham to 11 years in prison with the final year suspended.

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