Video: We pick up The Penguin
This is the moment when Ireland’s elusive ‘Godfather of Crime’ realised the Sunday World had finally caught up with him after 20 years in hiding.
George ‘the Penguin’ Mitchell hasn’t been snapped in more than two decades and the last thing he expected as he ambled up the street of a sleepy German village was to be confronted by our team.
The 65-year-old has changed his appearance drastically, but the unmistakable waddle that earned him his nickname from one-time pal John Traynor is still hard to miss.
We have been watching him for days at his new base in the Mosel Valley in the south of Germany, where he has recently settled after leaving Spain.
He rarely comes out, opting instead to hide away in the luxury apartment he has rented on the banks of the Mosel river.
For Mitchell, it’s just another day of anonymity in this little valley, far from the huge drug markets of Europe which have made him a very, very wealthy man.
But his undercover life as businessman ‘Mr George Green’ is about to be shattered – and for the first time in years the nation will see the face of the man who has grown fat and rich on the misery of thousands.
THIS WEEKEND’S SUNDAY WORLD HAS THE FULL STORY OF HOW WE TRACKED DOWN THE ELUSIVE PENGUIN