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His brother Jason who was just 13 when Finnegan was stabbed to death has since become involved in the crime world.

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Jason Finnegan (18) of Kilworth Road, Drimnagh, Dublin PIC Collins Courts

Jason Finnegan (18) of Kilworth Road, Drimnagh, Dublin PIC Collins Courts

Jason Finnegan (18) of Kilworth Road, Drimnagh, Dublin PIC Collins Courts

THE brother of man brutally knifed to death by gangland killer Stephen Penrose is himself set to be sentenced over a number of knife attacks in January.

Evil thug Penrose (38) will be sentenced to a mandatory life sentence after being convicted this week of the brutal murder of his pal Philip Finnegan in Rahin Woods near Edenderry on August 10, 2016.

Penrose lured his pal to the woods before stabbing him 13 times in a frenzied attack. Penrose then made attempts to cut up his friend’s body and burn it before dumping his victim in a shallow grave.

His decapitated remains were found weeks later by a dog walker.

Penrose, with an address at Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, had only been released from prison a number of months before the attack after serving a nine-year sentence for killing David Sharkey in another frenzied knife attack in Navan in 2009.

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Philip Finnegan (pictured) in August 2016

Philip Finnegan (pictured) in August 2016

Philip Finnegan (pictured) in August 2016

Gardai believe member of the Rattigan crime gang ordered Penrose to carry out the murder of Finnegan in a dispute over drugs cash.

Finnegan had been involved in the drug trade before his death and had links to younger associates of Rattigan.

His brother Jason who was just 13 when Finnegan was stabbed to death has since become involved in the crime world.

Finnegan (19), from Mary Aikenhead House in Dublin, is set to be sentenced on January 25th for a number of offences.

Finnegan admitted stabbing two men over a three-month period and threatening to kill a woman.

Earlier this year he pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Eoin Duffy on Amiens Street on October 18, 2019, and to assault causing harm to Shane Carberry at the Basin Street flats in Dublin on January 11, 2020.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Shannon Kelly at the Basin Street flats in February 2020.

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Stephen Penrose

Stephen Penrose

Stephen Penrose

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He has previously pleaded guilty to another attack at the Basin Street flats on March 15, 2020 where he recorded his accomplice stabbing another man and posted the video on Snapchat.

The video went viral and showed Finnegan and Mark Pidgeon arrive outside the flat of Kenneth Osbourne, who owed Finnegan €300 or €400.

After an initial conversation Pidgeon lashed out at Osbourne with a large knife and stabbed him several times while Finnegan encouraged him shouting: “Lash him, lash him out of it” and calls Osbourne a “rat”.

He was sentenced to three years in prison for that attack and will be sentenced for the other attacks in January.

Finnegan is part of a young group of criminals from the south inner city who have become increasingly involved in crime in recent years.

One of his close associates was shot in a gangland attack in Dublin’s south inner city in February.

The victim in that attack cannot be named as he is currently before the courts in relation to a vicious attack on a drug user.

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