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Jailhouse rocks as drug dealer acts as DJ for Mountjoy party

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Alan Boggans
Alan Boggans

JAILED drug trafficker Alan Boggans acted as a DJ for inmates at a summer ‘lifers party’ in Mountjoy, just weeks after being prosecuted over an illicit phone for the seventh time.

Businessman Boggans, who is serving a 13-year-sentence for possession of €1.9m worth of cannabis, was nabbed using a mobile phone in his prison cell in January of this year.

However, it was his talent for all things musical that was put to use earlier this month when the prison’s lifers sought permission for Boggans to take to the decks at the annual party.

Among those present to enjoy Boggans’ skills were...

Hitman Barry Doyle, who shot dead Limerick rugby player Shane Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity in Limerick on November 9, 2008;

Gangland killer Jonathan ‘Yuka’ Douglas, from O’Devaney Gardens, in Dublin’s north inner city, who was convicted of the murder of Aidan Byrne (31), at Drumalee Avenue in Dublin, on February 20, 2010.

Tallaght man Liam Bolger, who is serving life for acting as the getaway driver in the murder of Christopher Barry (25), in 2008.

Appearing before Dublin District Court in June, a judge heard how Boggans (41), was calling home about his two young children when prison officers in Mountjoy saw him.

He threw the phone down the toilet.

He did not get any extra jail time after Judge Anthony Halpin gave him a three-month sentence, but made it concurrent to one he is already serving.

Dublin District Court heard he had six prior convictions for the same offence.

Boggans, of Keelogue House, Peamount Road, Newcastle, Co. Dublin, pleaded guilty to unlawfully having a mobile phone in a prison on January 6, 2016.

A Garda sergeant said that Boggans had 31 prior convictions, including six for possession of a mobile phone in prison.

His last conviction, in 2015, was for one of these offences and he was given a six-month suspended sentence.

He was sentenced to 13 years in jail in 2013 for possession of drugs for sale or supply.

Boggans had been “quite active” in terms of recreation in the prison and had been involved in a charity fundraising event which raised €4,500 for the children’s hospital, his barrister John Griffin said.

“He’s been of relatively good behaviour,” Mr Griffin added.

He said Boggans was pleading guilty on his second day in court in relation to the offence.

“He has two young children at home,” Mr Griffin added.

Previously, the court heard Boggans’ release date was in 2023.

He had already been disciplined by the prison authorities for having a phone and had no visits for 14 days.

He had worked in the bakery in Mountjoy and had “kept himself quite busy”. The defendant had also taken a gym instruction course.

Boggans, a former car dealer and married father-of-two, was convicted of drugs offences following a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

That court was presented with testimonials and reports from business and sporting backgrounds in the Clondalkin area praising his contributions to the parish.