Kinahan cartel dealt huge blow as three key gang members and their former partners sentenced
The Kinahan cartel has been dealt a major blow after three gang members and their former partners were sentenced at the Special Criminal Court.
Five of the six criminals were done for money laundering while one was sentenced for helping the gang in the attempted murder of a rival hutch gangster.
Declan Brady, of The Park, Wolstan Abbey, Celbridge, Co Kildare, James Walsh from Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin, and David Duffy of Greenfort Lawns also in Clondalkin, Dublin were all sent to prison.
Meanwhile, Brady and Walsh’s former partners – Deirdre Brady, The Bailey, Castlefarm, Naas, Co Kildare, Erica Lukacs with an address at Lakelands, Naas, Co Kildare, and Lisa O’Hara of Wheatfield Avenue Clondalkin – wept when they were all given suspended sentences.
Senior Kinahan Cartel lieutenant Declan Brady has been jailed for seven years and three months for laundering crime cash.
Brady, his former partner and mistress appeared in court yesterday morning, with Declan Brady in the dock as he is already serving a sentence for firearms offences. His wife Deirdre Brady hugged family members after receiving a three-year suspended sentence for her role in laundering €770,499.
His mistress Erika Lukacs (37) also received a fully suspended three-year sentence for laundering €196,864.
Mr Justice Tony Hunt said it would be “disproportionate” to jail the women as, he said, they did not participate in the underlying criminality that was the source of the cashTaboolaSponsored Links
He said were it not for their association with Declan Brady they would not have found themselves before the court, he said, and they had previously unblemished records.
Elsewhere, a man who booked flights for an international hitman hired in a Kinahan cartel plot to murder a rival Hutch gang member has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for five years.
Dubliner David Duffy is the latest man to be sentenced for his involvement in a bid by the cartel to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately and was jailed by the three-judge court for supplying logistical support.
Mr Justice Hunt said that while Duffy had not directly participated in the surveillance of Mr Gately’s car, he was involved in booking flights for a former Estonian separatist fighter turned international hitman, Imre Arakas, to come to Ireland.
The court has heard on previous occasions that Arakas (63) was brought to Ireland on April 3, 2017 to target Gately but was intercepted by gardai before he could carry out the contract on the victim’s life.
He was jailed for six years in December 2018, having pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to murder Gately in Northern Ireland between April 3 and 4, 2017.
In April, Duffy (33) of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to having knowledge of the existence of a criminal organisation and participating in or contributing to activities connected with the said offence, namely the murder of James Gately, with the intention of enhancing the ability of the said criminal organisation or any of its members to commit the serious offence, within the State between December 7, 2016 and April 6, 2017, both dates inclusive.
In passing sentence presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that Duffy had provided logistical support to an organised crime group of the “most serious variety in the commission of a serious crime”.
Mr Justice Hunt said that “the forestalling of the attempt on Mr Gately’s life was only made possible by gardaí”.
The judge said that Duffy had been involved in booking flights to and from the UK for the organisation ahead of the planned attempt and sourced a vehicle for use by the gang.
The judge said that Duffy was involved in the planned cleaning of a car of fingerprints, that he was in possession of a pack of SIM cards intended for use in burner phones and that he was in “frequent” contact with the director of activities in the foiled plan.
Mr Justice Hunt said that Duffy also sourced tracker devices for vehicles, one of which had been attached to Mr Gately’s car in Belfast.
The judge said that Duffy’s role was, however, “limited to logistics” and that he had only one previous conviction of any significance.
He fixed eight years as an appropriate headline sentence for the offence, which carries a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment.
Earlier this week, Peter Keating (40) of Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty at the non-jury court to directing the activities of a criminal organisation between December 7, 2016, and April 4, 2017, inclusive, within and without the State under Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Gately was later the victim of another attempted murder, when he was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonashaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017. Gately, who was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life, wore a bullet-proof vest and survived the shooting after sustaining injuries to his upper chest and neck.
Mr Gately, who was warned by gardaí of a threat to his life, wore a bullet-proof vest and survived the shooting after sustaining injuries to his upper chest and neck.
Meanwhile, a mother-of-one has been given a suspended sentence for multiple counts of laundering more than €100,000 that was the proceeds of crime.
The Special Criminal Court found that she didn’t know where the money came from but was reckless in not asking questions of her then partner and father of her child. She told gardai that she thought that he went out to work, as she did.
Lisa O’Hara (32) and her former partner James Walsh (37), both of Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin, in Dublin had pleaded guilty (GUILTY) to multiple counts of handling or possessing cash while knowing, believing or being reckless as to whether the cash was the proceeds of crime. The court heard that they used €60,000 to put a deposit on a house and paid a builder €62,000 in cash for work he carried out on their home.
Walsh, who is currently serving a sentence for a firearms offence, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison, with the final two years suspended.
The court previously heard that O’Hara did not know where the cash came from but gardai believed she was reckless in not asking more questions of Walsh. The three judge were told that O’Hara had a good work record, a respectable job, was deeply remorseful and was unlikely to come before the courts again. O’Hara has since split with Walsh and and no-longer has anything to do with him. She is the sole carer for their child.
Walsh pleaded guilty to 12 counts of possessing, handling, using, converting or transferring cash while knowing, believing or being reckless as to whether the cash was the proceeds of criminal conduct contrary to Section 7 of the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act.
The total cash involved was €136,861 and was either found during the search of his home or was lodged in various bank accounts between 2015 and 2017. O’Hara pleaded guilty to nine counts, with cash totalling €119,126, for offences between January 1, 2015 and early 2017. Some of the cash was lodged in an account under O’Hara’s name.
Their sentence hearing heard that Walsh first came to garda attention following a raid on 24 January, 2017 on a premises in Greenogue Industrial Estate, where gardai investigating organised crime seized a sub-machine gun, rifles, semi-automatic pistols and a significant amount of ammunition.