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Notorious Irish pimp turns back on psycho killer brother

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Martin 'the Beast' Morgan
Martin 'the Beast' Morgan

IRELAND’s most notorious pimp has turned his back on his murderous brother as the psycho thug was jailed this week for his second killing.

Martin ‘the Beast’ Morgan had been a stalwart supporter of his brother Seamus, who went on trial for murder after stabbing a man to death in 2002.

He was the only member of the family who showed up during the 2005 trial, which lasted eight-days.

However, the Sunday World can reveal that this time around millionaire pimp Martin has cut ties with his killer brother and didn’t even put up bail cash before his trial.

Previously Seamus had been on bail right up until he was sentenced for manslaughter, for which he got eight years.

Seamus 'James' Morgan

“It is possible Martin didn’t want to draw any attention from dissident republicans by standing up for his brother and kept his head down,” a source told the Sunday World.

Seamus Morgan was jailed for life this week for the savage murder of dissident republican Larry ‘Bomber’ Keane in Athy, Co. Kildare.

Martin never made an appearance at the Central Criminal Court, where a jury found his 49-year-old brother guilty of murder.

Keane had served a 10-year jail sentence after being caught with nearly a ton of explosives linked to dissident republicans.

Seamus, from Athy, Co. Kildare, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Keane in the town on July 19, 2013, who died a day after being attacked with a concrete block.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said the cause of death was a result of “severe blunt force trauma to the head”.

“The deceased had been struck 10 significant blows to his head on both sides and there were some lacerations of full and partial thickness. An examination of the brain showed there had been severe bruising to the tissue of the brain,” he said.

Keane died in Naas General Hospital as a result of his injuries.

Seamus was initially arrested in connection with the killing but released shortly afterwards. However, he was re-arrested in April 2014 as a result of new evidence and has been in custody since then.

During his first murder trial, evidence was given about his psychiatric problems and that he was on four different medications at the time he stabbed James Hand to death in 2002.

Larry Keane

He claimed he lashed out with a weapon in self-defence after being attacked by Hand.

Nothing was heard in court this week about the reason behind Keane’s murder, except there has been “long standing ill will” between the two men.

In a victim impact statement read in court from the Keane family it was said that he was a “vulnerable, frail and disabled man” who was “helpless without the aid of his walking stick”.

“Larry lost his life in the most traumatic way, not far from the home he shared with his son Laurence. We will never know what his last words or thoughts were,” the statement added.

The court heard there was now “a void” in the family’s lives.