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Gangster threatens to shoot next Garda that drives past his compound

Crime DeskBy Alan Sherry
“I’m going to f***ing shoot the next Garda who drives up here.”
“I’m going to f***ing shoot the next Garda who drives up here.”

THE head of the vicious crime gang responsible for at least three murders in little over a year threatened to shoot the next Garda who drove by his crime compound.

The 34-year-old, who thinks he’s untouchable, heads up the gang dubbed the ‘New Westies’, who are known for their propensity for violence, torture and murder. 

He cannot be named as he is currently before the courts facing serious charges. 

Gardaí believe he was behind the murder of Willie Maughan (34) and his girlfriend Anna Varsalane (21), who went missing on April 14 last year and are presumed dead. 

The twisted killer taunted Gardaí as they carried out searches for the bodies of the couple and has been behind a sick campaign of terror against relatives of Maughan as they campaign for justice. 

He has built a 12ft wall around his home in Co. Meath recently because he was being regularly monitored by Gardaí. 

The hot-headed thug got his sister to ring up Gardaí last week to complain about them driving near his home. 

Sources said that the gang boss grabbed the phone during the conversation and said: “I’m going to f***ing shoot the next Garda who drives up here.”

He was arrested in connection with the threat on Monday. 

The gangster was also hit with a €170,000 CAB bill in recent days as Gardaí continue to target his operations. 

Gardaí searched lands near his home as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Mr Maughan and Ms Varslane, but have yet to find their bodies. 

Since the disappearance of Mr Maughan and Ms Varslane he has waged a campaign of violence against members of Maughan’s family, including pipe bomb and petrol bomb attacks as well as death threats. 

His gang were also responsible for the murder of Benny Whitehouse (36), who was shot dead in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, on September 25, 2014. Mr Whitehouse’s wife was injured in the same attack, which was linked to a feud.