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Senior Dublin criminal torches washing machine during rampage

Senior Dublin criminal torches washing machine during rampage

A senior Kinahan associate went on a violent rampage in Dublin before barricading himself in his girlfriend’s flat and setting fire to her washing machine.

Reports indicate that the man, who is in his 30s, was eventually arrested by the garda public order unit who were forced to storm the apartment.

A source has revealed that the well-known mobster was involved in a brawl at North Dublin bar in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Several people were assaulted during the melee before the suspect made his way to his girlfriend’s flat.

Here it is alleged that he set fire to a washing machine.

A second source explained: “He barricaded himself in and started a small fire in the apartment. The garda public order unit had to be called. They came in and subdued him.”

He was arrested and taken to the Bridewell garda station.

The suspect is related to members of the Hutch gang but also has very close professional links to the Kinahan cartel.

He was present at a boxing event in the Regency Hotel last February when gunmen, dressed as gardaí and armed with AK47s stormed the building and gunned down Kinahan mobster David Byrne.

There is no suggestion that this man was involved in that attack.

The suspect has a long list of previous convictions including assault, criminal damage and two firearms and offensive weapons offences.

He also has a number of road traffic offences.

He is due to be sentenced later this year for another serious offence and is currently on bail.

Pals have raised serious concerns for the welfare of those close to him.

The Hutch/Kinahan feud exploded last year with the murder of Gary Hutch outside his apartment complex in Spain.

Since then nine others have lost their lives, including Hutch’s uncle Eddie Snr and cousin Gareth. Two innocent men Martin O’Rourke and Trevor O’Neill were murdered in cases of mistaken identity.

Cathal McMahon