Major Kinahan associate gets off on fake passport charge
Ross Browning walked free from a Dublin court yesterday after a judge decided there was not enough evidence to convict him on a fake passport charge.
Convicted armed robber Browning, 31, was facing charges relating to a false passport gardai told the court they found in his bedroom on February 27, 2013.
Browning, with an address at Rory O'Connor House, Hardwicke Street, Dublin was arrested and charged but Judge Pauline Codd directed the jury find him not guilty due to lack of evidence.
A Spanish cop had been due to give evidence but failed to do so.
Browning had been living in Spain for a number of years and he was arrested there in 2010 as part of Operation Shovel, which targeted the activities of the Kinahan cartel and other large drug smuggling gangs in Spain.
Spanish cops quizzed him for days and his passport was seized. It was eventually returned to him in 2012.
Browning is now based in Dublin and is believed to run Daniel Kinahan's activities on Dublin's northside.
Browning was convicted in 2002 of committing an armed robbery on a cash-in-transit van driver on Parnell Street in Dublin 2011.
Despite waving an imitation gun at the driver during the raid, Browning was given a suspended sentence.