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Gangland thug Alan Wilson's legal bid for early release dashed after 10 year sentence imposed

His sentence began on Wednesday.

Gangland criminal Alan Wilson

Eamon Dillon

Gangland thug Alan Wilson hopes for an early release from prison were dashed this week after a request for his ten-year sentence to be backdated was turned down.

Serving time for his part in a Kinahan cartel plot to kill Gary Hanley, his release date from his current eight year sentence would have been next June.

The Special Criminal Court was told how Wilson had turned his life around and was now writing poetry as he deals with a serious medical condition.

A nephew of Martin ‘The General’ Cahill, Wilson had also claimed previously being tried in court over the murder of Marioara Rostas had ruined his life.

Martin 'The General' Cahill

But Justice Tara Burns said his expression of remorse for the 2010 Players’ Lounge shooting that left three innocent men injured was not genuine.

She also pointed out that no evidence of his medical condition had been presented in court.

One of those injured in the shooting had suffered brain damage and needs daily help from his family as a result of his injuries.

Wilson admitted to sourcing the guns and cars used in the attack which was ordered by Sean ‘The Smuggler’ Hunt and aimed at Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.

But he denied being the man caught on CCTV with a gun in each hand opening fire outside the Dublin pub.

His ten-year sentence began on Wednesday.

The murder case which he claimed ruined his life is a shocking story of murder and depravity.

Marioara Rostas had been begging on the street at a traffic junction in Dublin city centre when she was seen getting into a car by her brother on 6 January, 2008.

Mariora Rostas

A panicked call to another brother the next day confirmed the fears the 18-year-old had been kidnapped and held against her will.

She told of being sexually assaulted and could read some of the letters on a street sign from where she was being held.

It was the last time she was heard from.

Then in 2012 a protected witness brought gardaí to Kippure Forest in Co Wicklow, where she had been buried wrapped in plastic after being shot in the head.

Wilson was the only suspect in the murder and the case relied heavily on the evidence from the State witness, Fergus O’Hanlon, who painted a terrifying picture of Marioara’s last days.

The trial judge told the jury O'Hanlon had received benefits, such as money and accommodation, from being in the witness protection programme, and that it would be dangerous to convict on the basis of uncorroborated evidence.

After a five-week long trial the jury, who would not have known Wilson was at the time in prison for a meat cleaver attack, found him not guilty.

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