Gangland criminal Bradley released after four years behind bars

Alan Bradley (left) and his brother Wayne_Bradley (right)
Alan Bradley (left) and his brother Wayne_Bradley (right)

A gangland thug from Dublin has been released from prison today after spending almost four years behind bars for a botched robbery.

Finglas criminal Wayne Bradley (36) was due for release from the high-security Portlaoise Prison following the completion of his sentence for the plot. 

He was pictured leaving the prison shortly after midday. He greeted photographers with a middle-finger gesture upon exiting the prison. 

Wayne and his brother Alan were found guilty of a plot to steal almost €1 million from a cash-in-transit van on November 2, 2007, in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

The men attempted to carry out the raid under the direction of the murdered Eamon 'the Don' Dunne, who was also arrested at the scene.

Three other men were also sentenced for their roles including a Chubb Ireland employee who acted as an “inside man”.

But the massive heist was foiled after a lengthy Garda surveillance operation and the gang was caught in the act. 

Bradley – who was a key associate of murdered crime boss Dunne – was transferred to Mountjoy Prison’s Training Unit from Limerick Prison in 2014. 

He was subsequently set upon by two brothers in an exercise yard in Mountjoy Prison.

Jamie Griffin and his violent brother Leon (25) were involved in the savage assault on Bradley which left him in hospital for two weeks over the Christmas period, 

The violent  sublings were also involved in a separate attack on gangland criminal Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch in Mountjoy last month.

Bradley was then moved in January of this year to Portlaose Prison where he has been housed until now. 

Upon his release, he will be closely monitored by armed officers, who will also play a role in protecting him after he became involved in a number of disputes in jail.

Sources say that a number of threats have been made to the Finglas criminal from rival gangsters and he "would be best advised to keep his head down" in the coming weeks.

The beating inflicted on Bradley led to fears of a gangland bloodbath between the two factions, but there have not been any major incidents since the brutal assault.

However, gardai are on alert that a feud may kick off now that Bradley is free.

Shuki Byrne & Ken Foy