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BRUTAL BLITZ CAB target Liam Walters jailed after leading vigilante-style attack on Limerick home

Terrified woman told she'd be killed as armed 11 men burst into house

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Liam Walters admitted burglary and making threats to kill

Liam Walters admitted burglary and making threats to kill

Liam Walters admitted burglary and making threats to kill

A Criminal Assets Bureau target has been jailed after leading a vigilante-style attack on a house and threatening a woman.

Liam Walters, also known as William Lyons, admitted his role in the terrifying incident last February in which a gang of masked men forced their way into the house in Co Limerick.

At a recent Circuit Court hearing in Limerick, it emerged that 11 men with their faces covered arrived at the house at Cois Rioga, Caherconlish on February 17.

Some were carrying weapons, including pitchforks and hurleys, as they forced their way into the house where a number of young children were present at the time.

Walters pleaded guilty to burglary, making threats to kill and violent disorder relating to the incident which stemmed from an earlier disagreement he had with the woman's partner.

He was described as directing "operations" and had threatened to return and kill the woman.

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The cash seized in Co Limerick in 2013

The cash seized in Co Limerick in 2013

The cash seized in Co Limerick in 2013

Windows at the house and a car parked there were smashed by members of the gang during the attack.

Gardai who searched his home at Mount Singland in Limerick after he was identified as a suspect described it as a fortress.

Footage taken from his home's CCTV showed the men arriving before leaving for Caherconlish in two cars.

It also emerged how Walters had made an attempt to leave the country after the incident but was stopped at Dublin Airport because he did not have the proper Covid-19 paperwork.

An offer of €10,000 in compensation had been rejected by the victim of the attack.

Walters was given a two-and-a-half year sentence.

A charge of aggravated burglary and criminal damage against Walters were dropped by the State.

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Walters hit the headlines in 2015 after €600,000 discovered in a property linked to him was seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

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Walters’ house was raided

Walters’ house was raided

Walters’ house was raided

He has previously been linked to a €1.5 million cash seizure found buried in a field in Castleconnell, Co Limerick in 2013, which at the time was the biggest cash seizure in State history. He was never charged in connection with the seizure.

Two men were caught as they used a mechanical digger to retrieve the money which had been buried deep.

A tumble dryer was being used to dry out the cash which had become soggy, with many of the bank notes stuck together.

When gardai raided the property, they found convicted drug dealer John Duffy inside a large container, drying and packaging the money.

The container had an electricity supply for the tumble dryer and when the money was dried out, he vacuum packed the notes in plastic wrapping.

The €1.5m was made up of various denominations and it took investigating gardai two days to count the cash.

The area where the money had been buried is located close to the Shannon river and the Limerick/Clare county boundary.

Duffy received a prison sentence for a separate cash seizure six months earlier at the same location.

At the time, he refused to tell gardai who had given him the money, telling them to do so would be to sign his own death warrant.

Duffy was previously sentenced to six years in prison after he was caught with 14 kilos of cannabis in Limerick city in 2000.

Walters was never charged in connection with the discovery of the €1.5 million cash.

He had been living in Dublin, but had just moved back to Limerick when the loot was seized.

Sources previously told the Sunday World his home in Garryowen had tens of thousands in euro spent on it with a high-tech security system and even a jacuzzi.

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John Duffy

John Duffy

John Duffy

There was also bullet-proof glass at the modest house in Garryowen, according to sources.

After CAB seized a separate €600,000 stash, which Walters told officers he planned to hand over, threats were made against him by serious criminal figures.

Then, in November 2017, Walters was arrested in the Netherlands by police investigating a network they suspected of organising drugs to be shipped to Ireland.

Walters was one of three Irish men seen frequenting an apartment they believed was being used for that purpose.

The three appeared in an Amsterdam court while Dutch authorities carried out their investigations and were remanded in custody for two weeks.

No charges were brought against them after those investigations.

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