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out on bail Gang boss Cornelius Price freed from prison as he awaits kidnapping trial

Price is one of six people who have been charged in England over a plot to kidnap two men


Kidnap accused Cornelius Price

Kidnap accused Cornelius Price

Kidnap accused Cornelius Price

Infamous crime boss Cornelius Price has been freed from prison in the UK where he is awaiting trial for his part in a kidnapping plot.

The Louth-based gangster, who is aligned with the Maguire faction locked into the lethal Drogheda feud, succeeded in getting bail at a court hearing last month.

Officials at Wood Green Crown Court in north London confirmed the 39-year-old has been bailed to an address in the UK after spending eight months behind bars.

The gang boss had been held at Dovegate Prison where Kinahan cartel mobster Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh is awaiting sentencing for conspiracy to smuggle drugs.

Price had been facing being locked up for the rest of the year after a court scheduled his kidnapping trial to start on 6 December.

The trial is expected to last between eight to nine weeks.

Price is one of six people who have been charged in England over a plot to kidnap two men.

Another man linked to the Maguire faction, Mark Kavanagh (32), who is also facing charges over the kidnap plot, was previously granted bail in January.

Both men had been arrested last July during a major investigation by the West Midlands Organised Crime Unit.

Price is charged with two counts of conspiring to falsely imprison Muhammed and Shah Ali last July, as well as two counts of conspiring to blackmail both men on the same dates.

Drogheda man Kavanagh, whose address is listed as Manchester, is also charged with two counts of conspiracy to falsely imprison and two counts of conspiracy to blackmail.

Two other men, Darren McClean and Quincy Bramble, are charged with the kidnap of Muhammed Ali.

They are also charged with conspiring to unlawfully imprison Muhammed and Shah Ali, and detain them against their will, between July 7 and 17.

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Members of Price’s gang are the chief suspects in the murders and disappearance of Willie Maughan, and his pregnant girlfriend Ana Varslavane.

They were last seen at Price’s property in Gormanston, Co Meath, on April 14, 2015.

Associates of his gang are also the chief suspects for the murder of Benny Whitehouse who was shot dead at Clonard Street, Balbriggan, on September 25, 2014.

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