Pair Jailed For Part In Foiled Murder Plot

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Two men have been jailed for their roles in a planned gang murder in Dublin. Stephen Dunne from Clondalkin and Gary Gleeson from Ballyfermot were arrested after being secretly recorded by Gardaí investigating the Kinahan crime gang.

A white van made to look like an electrican’s van was identified as part of surveillance and a recording device was put inside.

On their way to carry out the hit on Aug 7th last, a loaded gun was found beside the handbrake when Gardaí intercepted the van on the Naas Road.

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Both men pleaded guilty to firearms offences and their lawyers pleaded for leniency at their sentence hearing. Gleeson’s barrister described his 34yo client as a foot soldier and not the brains behind the operation.

Counsel for 39 year old Dunne, said his client was put in harm’s way by people who considered him to be “utterly disposable”.

After considering matters, the three judges of the non-jury court today handed down twelve year sentences for both but suspended the final year of Gleeson’s and the final two years of Dunne’s.