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Jobless ex-crime boss Peter ‘Skeets’ Neill lives it up on a five-star break in Dubai

Neill splashed the cash renting top-of-the-range sports cars for himself and his entourage.
Peter ‘Skeets’ Neill throwing bread in Dubai

Peter ‘Skeets’ Neill throwing bread in Dubai

Paula Mackin

Peter 'Skeets' Neill has been living the high life once again.

The unemployed criminal has been pictured enjoying a five-star break in Dubai with bunch of pals in a no-expense-spared trip to the playground of the rich.

Neill, who previously police have described as the top brass of a criminal drug gang, splashed the cash renting top-of-the-range sports cars for himself and his entourage.

Skeets is pictured wearing a Celtic top standing in front of a bright red Ferrari with the Dubai skyline in the backdrop.

His arms raised in the air celebrating a night in the fast lane he recorded on his phone and sent to pals back home.

Peter 'Skeets' Neill in a car in Dubai

Peter 'Skeets' Neill in a car in Dubai

The Sunday World understands from sources that the picture and phone footage of Skeets and co speeding through Dubai was taken in the past fortnight and that he paid a whopping €600 for just one car and one day behind the wheel - more than most people would spend on a holiday.

The convicted drug lord has come under fire once again by locals back home in Coleraine who question how he can afford such luxuries.

"It's like he is untouchable.

"While most of us round here, even ones who are lucky enough to have a job, couldn't afford a weekend in Ballycastle he's driving around Dubai in cars worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, how's that work out?" said one source.

Peter 'Skeets' Neill

Peter 'Skeets' Neill

"He makes an awful lot of decent people sick down here," he said.

The notorious 52-year-old also posted a video of red and yellow Ferraris he rented tagged 'whip for tonight ha ha' before adding 'just cruising ha ha ha'.

He also sent pictures of his plush dinners and of his messing around in a hotel bar with pieces of bread.

"He's over there throwing bread about the place like a child when many people are going to food banks to feed their families. He's over there living it up like a playboy with not a care in the world, sure money is nothing to him as we know," another source said.

This is just the latest jaunt abroad for the man described in court as 'Mafia Don'.

Skeets was jailed for 20 months in 2013 for his part in smuggling £50,000 worth of drugs from China.

Neill, from Hazelbank Road in Coleraine, has more than 180 previous convictions and we revealed in 2012 how he had his bail conditions altered so he could go on a luxury holiday to Egypt.

Again he brazenly posted holiday snaps of his trip online.

Eleven years ago Neill witnessed his community worker friend Kevin McDaid being beaten to death by a loyalist gang who had clashed with republicans from the Heights estate.

Tensions have remained high in the Heights area of Coleraine ever since popular Mr McDaid was set upon and killed.

Peter 'Skeets' Neill

Peter 'Skeets' Neill

Mr McDaid, a 49-year-old father of four, was attacked just yards from his home in May 2009 in what remains one of the most shocking killings of recent years.

Neill had been a major prosecution witness in that trial but was not required to give evidence after a number of suspects pleaded guilty to lesser offences.

Skeets continues to play his part in creating tensions by funding and organising Irish flags to be erected in the area.

In 2017 Skeets was charged with a string of offences connected to an alleged £600,000 cocaine ring but the charges were dropped a year later.

He had also faced 11 charges including three of conspiring to supply cocaine and three charges of being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug. He was also charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis and conspiring with others to supply the Class B drug.

And he was further accused of possessing and transferring criminal property and having 'a firearm other than a handgun, namely a magazine suitable for an assault rifle, without holding, a firearm certificate'.

During a bail hearing for that case a police officer described Neill as a "principal member" of an organised crime gang.

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