Aylmer, a Foolish Thug, who got an Innocent young Father Murdered? American DEA, will Bring Down, the Kinahan Cartel?

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FIXER’S LOCK-UP 

Trusted associate of Daniel Kinahan supplied garage used by killer of innocent dad – how the thug earned mob’s trust.

  • 11:27, 31 Jul 2022
  • Updated: 12:35, 31 Jul 2022

KINAHAN cartel fixer ­Martin Aylmer supplied the garage used by the killer of innocent dad Martin O’Rourke, The Irish Sun on Sunday can reveal.

We can also outline for the first time how Aylmer, 36, had been a trusted associate of Daniel Kinahan’s mob for over ten years before he was caught.

­Martin Aylmer supplied the garage used by the killer of innocent dad Martin O’Rourke
­Martin Aylmer supplied the garage used by the killer of innocent dad Martin O’RourkeCredit: Garrett White – Commissioned by The Sun Dublin
Martin Aylmer was linked to the garage through a fingerprint on a bottle of bleach
Martin Aylmer was linked to the garage through a fingerprint on a bottle of bleachCredit: http://www.collinsphotos.com
Emergency services at the scene of innocent dad Martin O’Rourke's death
Emergency services at the scene of innocent dad Martin O’Rourke’s deathCredit: Padraig O’Reilly – The Sun Dublin
Mobster Daniel Kinahan
Mobster Daniel Kinahan

Investigators believe hitman Glen Clarke, 36, collected his gun from Aylmer’s lock-up before murdering Mr O’Rourke, 24, in a case of mistaken identity on April 14, 2016.

And just 11 days after the dad’s killing, the location was used again by Eamon Cumberton, 34, Christoper Slator, 37, and David Hunter, 43, before they shot dead Michael Barr, 35, in Dublin’s Sunset House pub.

One of Aylmer’s “key instructions” from his paymasters was to source a lock-up, phones and trackers for two separate cartel hit teams.

But his association with Ireland’s most dangerous gang is now at an end after he was jailed for eight years and four months on Friday.

A court found the thug played roles in the murder of grandad Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan, 62, in December 2016 and the attempted murder of James ‘Mago’ Gately in April 2017.

He is one of 80 people ­connected to the Kinahan cartel now behind bars — including 13 in ­connection with murder probes.

Aylmer — who was linked to the garage through a fingerprint on a bottle of bleach — received the extra sentence as he remains in prison for helping the killers of Barr.

One source said: “Aylmer was working directly with the crew who murdered Barr but was also working with Paedar Keating’s gang.

“Clarke was part of Keating’s crew but he was the one who was brought in to kill a rival when they murdered poor Martin O’Rourke instead.

“He was very trusted and the feud didn’t bring them together —  he was already a trusted member. He was the man behind the lock-up and this location was used to store guns and plan attacks against people in the north inner city.

“He has been involved in two murders and one conspiracy to murder but who knows what else he has been involved in?”

As Aylmer begins the first days of his new sentence, The Irish Sun on Sunday can reveal details of his long involvement with the cartel.

‘UNDER THE RADAR’

The gangland foot soldier — who was being paid €1,000 per week from the cartel — was introduced to the gang by Douglas ‘Doogie’ Glynn, 37, because the pair grew up together in Dublin’s north inner city.

Before the Kinahan/Hutch feud, he would also have been a close associate of Gately, also 37.

Classified as a “ghost” and as someone who was “under the radar”, gardai also believe Aylmer helped the cartel bring drugs into the north inner city before the mob war.

Early roles with the gang would have seen Aylmer provide phones and transport to senior players.

And although coming from the north inner city, he aligned himself with the cartel as they waged war on his own community.

‘HE HAD KEY ROLES’

One investigator told us: “He was someone who could walk around town easily because he wasn’t on the Garda radar. The Kinahan group needed people like Aylmer so they could function properly. He had key roles to play and answered directly to people like Doogie Glynn.”

Following his conviction for supplying trackers to the hit team who murdered dad-of-four ‘Duck Egg’, a close friend of the murder victim welcomed his sentence.

Aylmer became the second man to be convicted over the innocent grandad’s murder after Jason Keating, 29, was convicted of participating in an organised crime gang.

WELCOME CONVICTION

The pal told us: “The conviction of this individual for his role in the murder of a completely innocent man is very welcome.

“Aylmer is from the north inner city, but he turned on his community simply for money. It’s reassuring to see that people like him face justice with a serious ­sentence.

“Every single person who was involved in this callous murder should all face prison.”

At present, Daniel Kinahan, 44, and his “close confidant” 38-year-old Sean McGovern, formerly of Kildare Road, Crumlin, remain “persons of interest” in the investigation into the conspiracy to murder Gately.

PRIVACY PHONE

Kinahan is suspected of using an encrypted ‘Pretty Good Privacy’ phone to issue instructions to Estonian hitman Imre Arakas when he flew into ­Ireland. McGovern is also suspected of travelling with Paedar Keating, 44, and Douglas Glynn when they drove to Belfast to place trackers on Gately’s car.

And McGovern is also wanted for the murder of Mr Kirwan after a European Arrest Warrant was issued during the announcement of the cartel crackdown in April.

Those jailed over the plot to kill Gately include Paedar Keating, who was jailed for 12 years; Glynn, who received a six-and-a-half-year jail term; David ‘Blinky’ Duffy, 35, who was given five years; and Arakas, 63, who received a six-year term.

Grandad Stephen Fowler, 63, also received a six-year term for his role in the plot.  Following “trusted enabler” Aylmer’s conviction, the Garda ­National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau said investigations were ongoing to bring other members of the mob to justice.

Det Supt David Gallagher praised the investigation teams in the Dublin Region and the GNDOCB Bureau for the convictions.

He added: “Investigators are actively engaged in gathering evidence with the aim of prosecuting other persons suspected of being involved in these violent crimes.”

The ongoing dismantling of the Kinahan cartel has led to some of their ‘priority targets’ returning to the capital, with Gately spotted recently at a concert.

Investigators believe hitman Glen Clarke, 36, collected his gun from Aylmer’s lock-up before murdering Mr O’Rourke
Investigators believe hitman Glen Clarke, 36, collected his gun from Aylmer’s lock-up before murdering Mr O’Rourke
Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan
Noel ‘Duck Egg’ KirwanCredit: Collect
Innocent dad Martin O'Rourke
Innocent dad Martin O’RourkeCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin

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