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Infamous gangland leader forced to transfer prison after vicious row

'Red' Larry McCarthy
'Red' Larry McCarthy

AN infamous gangland leader has been forced to transfer prison after being left high and dry by fellow Limerick mobsters in a row behind bars.

‘Red’ Larry McCarthy has been shipped out of the Midlands Prison after other gangsters refused to back him up in a row, according to sources.

He was scalded with hot water thrown at him by another inmate who blamed McCarthy for being behind an attempt to slash him with a ‘shiv’ earlier this week.

However, when McCarthy expected fellow mobsters ‘Fat’ John McCarthy and David ‘Frog Eyes’ Stanners to back his revenge plans he was left disappointed, according to Sunday World sources.

Neither men wanted anything to do with his plans to mete out a punishment beating, it’s claimed.

Fat John is serving a 14-year-sentence after being caught bagging heroin in the city in 2012, while Stanners is doing life for his part in the 2003 murder of Kieran Keane 

Both men would have been considered members of the infamous McCarthy mob, who have terrorised Limerick for decades.

“There is a chance that something could happen on the outside because of this – we’ll just have to wait and see,” a source told the Sunday World.

Red Larry has now been transferred to another jail, according to sources.

He is in custody awaiting trial at the Special Criminal Court for threatening to kill his sister’s father-in-law.

McCarthy, who spent 10 years in a U.K. prison for weapons possession, is charged with threatening to kill Noel Moore in Limerick on July 28, 2015.

McCarthy has been behind bars since last year after threatening to shoot Moore and threatening to burn down his house.

It was heard in court that Moore, a well-known market trader in the city, had not wanted the case to go ahead. 

Moore had contacted Red Larry’s father, Larry McCarthy senior, to tell him he was not in fear of his son, despite allegedly making a statement to Gardaí, a court heard. The

Director of Public Prosecution opted to bring charges against McCarthy and the case has been referred to the jury-less Special Criminal Court for hearing.

A detective told one court hearing that Larry McCarthy is the head of the McCarthy-Dundon organisation and has known links to criminals around the country and to criminals on an international level.

The detective also said Mr Moore told him he was terrified of Larry McCarthy and that he believed McCarthy posed an immediate and viable threat to Noel Moore.

He has ready access to firearms and can carry out the alleged threat he made, the detective added in court.

Despite Garda objections, McCarthy was given eight hours temporary release from jail to attend his son’s Communion in Limerick earlier this year.

He was kept under close observation by Gardaí and the family occasion went off without a hitch.