Son of well-known gangster pleads guilty to violent disorder

Paul Rice Jnr
Paul Rice Jnr

The son of a well-known gangster Paul Rice pled guilty in court today over a violent incident in Dublin on the night of Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh’s funeral.

Paul Rice Jnr (25) Allenton Avenue, Tallaght pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder on Harcourt Street on September 23, 2014.

Judge Melanie Greally remanded Rice on continuing bail and adjourned sentencing to April 8.

All evidence will be heard at the sentencing hearing which is expected to last around 30 minutes.

The incident took place outside Copper Face Jacks when door staff refused entry to Rice and other people in his group.

The court is expected to hear evidence that Rice was among of group of six or seven people who tried to get entry to the pub following the funeral.

The group was then allegedly involved in a fight outside the well-known pub.

It is understood they had been out drinking at another location following the burial of Hatchet Kavanagh.

Kavanagh was shot dead in the Costa Del Sol in 2014. Kavanagh previously had links to the Kinahan cartel but authorities believe the cartel had him shot dead following an internal dispute.

Paul Rice Snr was believed to have fallen out with the cartel following Kavanagh’s murder but security sources said last week that he still has links to them.

Kavanagh’s bother Paul Kavanagh was shot dead in Drumcondra in March last year in another hit suspected of being carried out by the gang.