ABHORRED OF THE MANOR
Mob boss Daniel Kinahan loses plush pad to CAB – but puts up no fight from Dubai
- 17:08, 13 Oct 2022
- Updated: 17:09, 13 Oct 2022
THE Criminal Assets Bureau have been granted an order to take possession of a plush Citywest mansion from mob boss Daniel Kinahan.
The house at 10 Coldwater Lakes is the first property to be taken from the fugitive Kinahan cartel boss, who the High Court heard was an international drug trafficker, and also involved in money laundering and who had sanctioned a number of murders in what has become known as the Kinahan-Hutch feud.
The house was taken by Daniel Kinahan and his second in command Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh from the well known Mansfield family as part payment for a failed €4.5million property investment.
Cash to the sum of €3,850 found in the house when it was raided by cops on January 29, 2015 is also to be handed over, the High Court ordered.
Shelley Horan BL, for CAB, told Mr Justice Michael McGrath that it was “telling” that neither Kinahan or Kavanagh had attended court or sent a representative on their behalf to contest the proceedings.
Kavanagh is currently serving a 21-year sentence in a UK prison for drugs and money laundering offences, but Ms Horan said: “All efforts have been made to contact Mr Kinahan or his representatives. He is aware that the case is proceeding today.”
She added: “This was quite an expensive property, estimated to be worth €750,000 in 2013 but worth much more today and the fact no one has come forward to lay claim to the property is telling.”
Speaking about Kinahan, Ms Horan said: “Based on Garda information, he takes on a leadership role in the Kinahan Organised Crime Group, an international gang responsible for drug trafficking and money laundering.
“He is also suspected of sanctioning a number of murders in what has become known as the Kinahan-Hutch feud.
“He is the son of Christy Kinahan, believed to be the person in overall charge of the crime group.
“Daniel Kinahan became a household name after he was present in the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016 when at least three armed entered and a man by the name of David Byrne was shot dead.
“Byrne was a close associate of Daniel Kinahan and a brother of Liam Byrne, who heads up an international drugs gang which is a sub-unit of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.”
The court heard that CAB claims the five-bedroom property at 10 Coldwater Lakes is effectively owned or controlled by Daniel Kinahan.
It took proceedings earlier this year against brothers Jim Mansfield Jnr, PJ Mansfield, Kinahan and Kavanagh, ultimately aimed at seizing the property.
The Mansfield brothers were previously left out of the case based on agreements and it proceeded only against the two international gangsters.
In sworn statements, CAB outlined that deceased businessman Jim Mansfield Sr had given the house to the late Irish professional golfer Christy O’Connor Jr in the early 2000s after he designed a new golf course for him at Citywest.
It was their belief that the property was sold for €2million in 2006 to a company in a group founded by Mansfield Snr.
The court was told that the Kinahans invested €4.5million in cash with the Mansfields as part of a property deal but when the Mansfield company went into receivership the court, “the deal turned sour”.
In a sworn affidavit by former Mansfield bodyguard Martin Byrne, who the court was told was now in the Witness Protection Programme with his family after he was falsely imprisoned and beaten by notorious INLA thug Dessie O’Hare, who said he was present when Jim Mansfield Jr received a number of “threatening and abusive” phone calls about the money.
It believes the property was passed around 2014 into the control of a crime gang as part payment for this failed venture.
The court heard it was still in the name of Christy O’Connor Jr when it was seized but there was no suggestion that the Ryder Cup winning golfer was involved in any wrong-doing and never had any involvement in crime.
When CAB raided the house in January, 2015, there was evidence that it was in possession of Daniel Kinahan, whose passport was found, as well as an Aer Lingus baggage sticker in his name.
Reading from the affidavit, Ms Horan said: “It was occupied by boxing promoter Matthew Macklin at the time. He was a close associate of Daniel Kinahan and the two had set up MGM boxing promotions, later renamed MTK.
“Mr Macklin was courteous to officers at the time but refused to answer any of their questions.”
CAB’s application was for orders for seizure of No 10 and of a sum of €3,850 cash found in a search of the property in 2015.
Ms Horan said no one has come forward to claim the cash, found in a hidden compartment located in a back bedroom where documents related to Daniel Kinahan were found.
She said: “The cash probably belongs to him.”
- The court was told legal papers concerning the case had been sent to addresses in Dubai believed to be linked to Kinahan but CAB had heard nothing back.
Both addresses were based on information from the US Treasury’s office of foreign assets control, which has applied worldwide sanctions against Kinahan and other senior members of the Kinahan cartel.
The proceedings were served by a CAB officer on Kavanagh in Belmarsh Prison some months ago.
As recently as September, when Kavanagh had been moved to Full Sutton prison in York and he had told a CAB representative, who attended on him there to ask did he wish to engage in the proceedings, “no comment”, the court heard.
The court also heard, while documents sent to the two addresses in Dubai had been returned, CAB remained confident Kinahan has access to those address and is aware, including from extensive media coverage. of the proceedings.
CAB had also served the documents via an email address linked to a passport application by Daniel Kinahan.
In his ruling, Mr Justice McGrath said the orders being sought under the Proceeds of Crime Act were essentially final orders.
The judge was satisfied, on foot of the affidavits which showed the extent of the “thorough” investigation of this matter by Cab, the evidence advanced in respect of belief pointed to reasonable grounds for the belief the property represented the proceeds of crime and is evidence on which the court is entitled to rely.
He was satisfied there was evidence that Kinahan and Kavanagh are persons in control of No. 10 and of the sum of cash and both the house and cash represented in whole or in part the proceeds of crime.