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"He is nearing the end of his sentence so would have thought he had a good enough chance this year"

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John Mangan is nearing the end of his sentence

John Mangan is nearing the end of his sentence

Marlo Hyland and innocent Anthony Campbell were shot dead at this house in Finglas

Marlo Hyland and innocent Anthony Campbell were shot dead at this house in Finglas

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

Plumber Anthony Campbell

Plumber Anthony Campbell

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John Mangan is nearing the end of his sentence

A dangerous criminal, named in court as being involved in the murders of Martin 'Marlo' Hyland and innocent plumber Anthony Campbell, was refused a request for leave from prison to celebrate Christmas.

John Mangan, who is currently incarcerated in Loughan House prison on weapons and drug related charges, had applied for temporary release to spend Christmas in Dublin with family.

But sources say the request was turned down.

"Mangan would have been very disappointed," a source told the Sunday World.

"He is nearing the end of his sentence so would have thought he had a good enough chance this year.

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Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

"The reality is he was never charged or convicted of anything to do with the murder of Marlo Hyland and Anthony Campbell. And he has done a good long stretch on the other charges.

Mangan (52) of Whitestown Green, Blanchardstown, was among dozens of criminals arrested in relation to the shocking double murder of Hyland and Anthony Campbell in December 2006, but gardai did not charge him despite considering him a suspect.

In March 2012, journalist Paul Williams gave evidence in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court alleging Willie Hynes and John Mangan were responsible for the double murder, and that the late Eamon The Don' Dunne acted as the getaway driver.

Mr Williams said two former lieutenants of Hyland were allegedly involved in the murders and named them as Hynes and Mangan.

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Plumber Anthony Campbell

Plumber Anthony Campbell

Plumber Anthony Campbell

He said that Dunne was allegedly spotted in the area driving them away.

Mangan was a key member of the gang that was led by Hyland, but he and his close associate, Finglas criminal William Hynes, were snared after a massive operation by gardai at Brown's Barn, south Dublin, on July 31, 2006.

More than €2m worth of cannabis resin was seized by gardai in 14 boxes split between a Ford Transit van and an Opel Astra car in Brown's Barn public house car park. The two men were arrested nearby.

After a lengthy trial in November 2009, Judge Patrick McCartan imposed a 12-year sentence on Hynes and a 14-year sentence on Mangan.

When the Brown's Barn seizure happened in 2006 both Hynes and Mangan were on bail for other serious offences linked to Marlo's crew at the time of the operation.

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Marlo Hyland and innocent Anthony Campbell were shot dead at this house in Finglas

Marlo Hyland and innocent Anthony Campbell were shot dead at this house in Finglas

Marlo Hyland and innocent Anthony Campbell were shot dead at this house in Finglas

Gardai believe the Brown's Barn bust directly led to the murder of Hyland because gang members suspected that Marlo was touting to gardai.

The capture was part of the gardai's Operation Oak which targeted Hyland's gang and led to 41 arrests and 26 charges.

Only five months before that, Mangan was arrested in Drumconda and was caught with more than €300,000 of cannabis.

When he was arrested on that occasion and asked what was in the bag, he replied: "Hash, what do you think? That's what happens when you owe people money."

He said "the job" was worth €2,000 to him off a €9,000 debt.

Just eight months after Hyland and Anthony Campbell were shot dead, Mangan was arrested with a loaded Luger pistol down his trousers in the Comet pub in Santry in August 2007.

He was on bail on the two charges of possession of cannabis at this time.

Mangan told gardai his life had been threatened between eight and 10 times that year and he was only carrying the pistol for his safety.

Mangan is serving 10 years for the firearms offence on top of the 14-year drugs sentence imposed on him in 2009.

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