Daniel Kinahan pictured meeting now jailed mobsters 'Bomber' Kavanagh and 'Fat' Freddie
Kinahan, who has been desperately trying to portray himself as a squeaky clean boxing manager, was the target of the Regency Hotel gun attack
This is the moment the Sunday World snapped Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, Daniel Kinahan and Fat Freddie Thompson meeting for a gang summit at the Byrne family home the day after the Regency Hotel attack on February 5th 2016.
The pictures were printed on the front page of the Sunday World six years ago alongside the infamous pictures of two gunmen, one of whom was dressed as a woman.
Kinahan, who has been desperately trying to portray himself as a squeaky clean boxing manager, was the target of the foiled hit at the boxing weigh-in during which David Byrne was shot and killed.
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch and former Sinn Fein Councillor Jonathan Dowdall are due to go on trial for the murder of Byrne at the Regency later this year. Three others are also charged in connection with the murder.
Cartel boss Kinahan continues to claim he has nothing to do with organised crime, despite being snapped with Bomber who was named by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as the Kinahan cartel’s main man in the UK.
Daniel was also named in the High Court as the head of the family run drugs gang.
The pair pictured on February 6th 2016 shows them near the home of fellow gangster Liam Byrne in Crumlin.
The gang have deep family ties with one another as Bomber is married to Byrne’s sister Joanne.
Just days after the hit on February 8th the Kinahan’s retaliated by targeting the home of innocent taxi-driver Eddie Hutch Snr, the brother of The Monk, and shooting him nine times.
This week, Bomber was jailed for orchestrating the importation of multi-million pound drug shipments.
In January 2019 when the NCA raided his mansion, complete with reinforced doors and bulletproof glass, in Tamworth, Staffordshire, officers found numerous weapons, including an illegal stun gun for which he was eventually given a three-year jail sentence.
Officers also seized cash worth around £35,000 in various denominations, including sterling, euros and Emirati dirhams, which had been stuffed into drawers, bags and down the back of sofa cushions.
The raid was part of a wider investigation to dismantle his drugs empire, with NCA officers also targeting his associates – Dublin-born brothers-in-law Gary Vickery (39) and Daniel Canning (43).
Detectives were able to evidence their involvement in large scale drug shipments worth around £30 million at UK street value, as well as movements of cash and firearms.
Kavanagh, Canning and Vickery all admitted conspiring to import class A and B drugs, and money laundering, while Canning also admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition.
At Ipswich Crown Court on 28 March Kavanagh was sentenced to 21 years in prison for his part in the illegal drugs trade.
Canning was jailed for 19 and a half years, while Vickery got a 20-year sentence.
The sentences will have come as a significant blow to the Kinahan cartel who now have over 50 of their cronies behind bars.
One of those includes ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson who was convicted of the murder of David Douglas who also died as part of the bloodshed by the Hutch-Kinahan feud. He is also a cousin of David and Liam Byrne.
Daniel Kinahan and ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh were both pictured alongside ‘Fat’ Freddie, who acted as their bodyguard, at the funeral of slain David Byrne on Februrary 15th.
While his pals are behind bars, Kinahan remains a free man and is currently based in Dubai where he is trying to portray himself as a businessman involved in boxing who has no involvement in crime.
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