Kinahan mob sex offender sentenced to seven months

Mob chief Daniel Kinahan
Mob chief Daniel Kinahan

A high-ranking member of the Kinahan mob who is also a convicted sex offender was sentenced to seven months in jail yesterday for failure to notify gardai of a change of address.

Barry Finnegan, who was convicted of sexual assault in 2007, was handed the sentence after gardai told the court that they went to his registered address on several occasions in 2016 and believed the residence was 'not habitable'.

Registered sex offenders like Finnegan are required to tell gardai if they move address.

The court also heard how gardai established that Finnegan, 36, had flown to and from various locations in Europe in 2016, including several trips to the Costa del Sol, the Kinahan mob's base in Spain.

Finnegan was arrested in November 2016 and subsequently charged with failure to notify gardai of a change of address.

He pleaded guilty to the offence but the court also heard how there was a threat to his life.

Finnegan, who is close to mob chief Daniel Kinahan, once ran a beauty salon with Hutch associate James 'Mago' Gately in Dublin.

However, following the Regency Hotel attack and the deadly gangland feud, the business was wound down.

Gately has survived a number of attempts on his life since the feud began, most recently when he was hit six times as he sat in a car near Dublin Airport.

Finnegan was sentenced to five years, with two suspended, in 2007 for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

He was released in February 2010 and placed on the sex offenders register.

In court Judge Grainne Malone handed him a seven-month sentence for breaching the requirements of the sex offenders register but Finnegan was bailed after lodging an appeal.