Behind bars Fat Freddie’s pal Leon Griffin gets another 3 years after high-speed car chase in Dublin city centre
Violent thug Leon Griffin was sentenced this week to another three years behind bars for a high-speed chase in 2019 during which he endangered numerous road users and crashed into a family in another car.
Leon Griffin is back behind bars after a car chase
March 14 2021 09:30 AM
A violent criminal linked to a number of jailhouse attacks has been sentenced to more time behind bars following a reckless high-speed chase through Dublin city centre.
Leon Griffin, a pal of jailed Fat Freddie Thompson, has been linked to a number of attacks on inmates while he was serving time for various offences.
Griffin (31) and his younger brother Jamie (26) were involved in a knife attack on Derek ‘Del Boy’ Hutch in Mountjoy Prison in 2015 in the first major incident behind bars that was linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud.
Sources said at the time they believed the brothers were offered €10,000 by the Kinahan Cartel to carry out the attack, which took place months after Del Boy’s brother Gary was shot dead in Spain as part of the feud.
Hutch escaped serious injury after prison officers intervened.
The brothers were also linked to a serious attack on Finglas criminal Wayne Bradley in Mountjoy in 2014.
The Griffins were involved in numerous other violent incidents behind bars and on the streets of Dublin, including a vicious hammer attack.
Leon Griffin, of Iveagh Trust Building in Dublin 8, was sentenced this week to another three years behind bars for a high-speed chase in 2019 during which he endangered numerous road users and crashed into a family in another car.
Gardaí were alerted to Griffin when he suddenly pulled out of traffic and drove off at speed through red lights on the wrong side of the road in Dublin city centre. Griffin’s lawyer claimed in court that he reacted when he saw Garda Gavin Keenan’s patrol car as he had a five-year driving ban.
The court heard that during the initial stages of the pursuit Griffin drove onto the wrong side of the road, accelerated hard through a red light and almost collided with oncoming traffic.
Gardaí gave chase as Griffin drove recklessly through the city centre causing other motorists to swerve out of his way. He almost collided with a traffic island and broke two sets of red lights at pedestrian crossings.
He then crashed into a car on Thomas Street which was occupied by two adults and three children and the chase only ended when Griffin drove his car into a Dublin city bike stand.
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Griffin and his two passengers then got out and ran off but gardaí caught up with Griffin and arrested him.
In court Griffin pleaded guilty to a number of charges of reckless endangerment and criminal damage at locations in the city on February 23, 2019.
His lawyer Keith Spencer told the court that his client is sorry for his actions on the day. He said he had previously had issues with drug addiction but he is now drug-free.
Judge Nolan said that Griffin was driving without insurance and while disqualified and he endangered the lives of people in the area. He noted his record of previous convictions, which includes an offence of careless driving in 2015, and 15 other road traffic offences.
He sentenced Griffin to three years imprisonment and imposed a five-year driving ban.
Meanwhile, his brother Jamie escaped more time behind bars last month after he admitted assaulting a man at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.
The court heard he had been involved in feuding in 2015 and 2016 but is no longer abusing drugs and had since taken positive steps in his life. He was given a fully suspended 12-month sentence.