Man pleads guilty to being involved in failed bid by Kinahan cartel to murder rival Hutch gang member James ‘Mago’ Gately
Stephen Fowler spoke only to acknowledge his name and said ‘guilty’ when the charge was read out to him
A Dublin man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to his involvement in a failed bid by the Kinahan Cartel to murder rival Hutch gang member James ‘Mago’ Gately four years ago.
Gately had been warned by gardai of a threat to his life from criminals who believed him to be involved in the Regency Hotel murder of Kinahan Cartel associate David Byrne in February 2016.
The court has heard in previous related cases that there was “ongoing targeting” of Gately in the context of a feud between the Hutch and Kinahan crime groups. Estonian hitman Imre Arakas was brought to Ireland in 2017 to carry out the murder of Gately before he was apprehended by gardaí.
Today at the non-jury court Dubliner Stephen Fowler pleaded guilty to his involvement in the attempted murder of Gately.
Fowler, 62, pleaded guilty to the single charge, which was read out by the registrar, of having knowledge of a criminal organisation and “with the intention of enhancing the ability of the said criminal organisation or any of its members to commit a serious offence, namely the murder of James Gately, participated in or contributed to activities with the said offence”.
The offence relates to dates between December 7, 2016, and April 4, 2017, at a location or locations within the State, when Gately was in Northern Ireland.
Fowler, of Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla, Dublin 1, spoke only to acknowledge his name and said “guilty” when the charge was read out to him.
Mr Justice Tony Hunt fixed Thursday, September 16, for a sentence hearing.