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Dodgy Dublin car dealer quizzed over Kinahan cartel links

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Oisin Legaspi
Oisin Legaspi

Car dealer Oisin Legaspi, who was taken to court when a deal for a dream McLaren sports car went wrong, has unwittingly found himself mixed up in a CAB investigation into Kinahan Cartel lieutenant Liam Byrne and his cohorts.

The 32-year-old, from Leopardstown in Dublin, is being probed because of his links to criminals who are targets of the Criminal Assets Bureau.

It is understood that he has been quizzed over cars bought for Liam Byrne and Liam Roe, but has insisted that he had no idea they were involved in crime.

Legaspi could not be contacted for comment this week, but a friend said he was no longer living in the family home where he has been monitored in recent weeks.

It is understood that Roe was stopped in a car registered to Legaspi in recent months and that he had done deals with Byrne’s Active Car Sales.

It was raided last March by officers investigating organised crime and the CAB and 29 motors were removed.

The company was dissolved last January – just a month before Byrne’s brother David was murdered in the Regency Hotel.

It is understood that Byrne and Roe are top targets of both the CAB and the Garda’s Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and their finances and dealings are being examined.

Liam Roe and David Byrne

Legaspi unwittingly found himself subject to investigation after a number of deals with the pair were uncovered, but the dealer has insisted he has nothing to do with organised crime.

The car dealer was brought to court earlier this month by a medical consultant who lost a Ferrari in a deal for a McLaren car which he never received.

He agreed to pay Dr Eddie O’Donnell €55,000 after the court heard he traded his Ferrari California with Legaspi’s company Ocean Vehicle Trading Ltd on the basis it would part-finance the purchase of a 2012 McLaren MP4 12C which he never received.

O’Donnell had obtained temporary freezing orders against Legaspi, preventing him from lowering his assets below a value of €150,000. The case is adjourned to October 12.

Dr O’Donnell claimed he made an arrangement to trade the Ferrari against the McLaren. Dr O’Donnell said the car had never been delivered and he later discovered the Ferrari was sold for €137,300.