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ON THE RUN Escaped prisoner had a key role in one of Dublin gangland's bloodiest episodes

The Hyland gang were the target of Operation Oak such was the risk they posed to society in the mid-2000s.

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John Mangan

John Mangan

John Mangan

THE ‘escape’ of gangster John Mangan from an open prison this week has sparked bitter memories of one of the bloodiest episodes in the annals of Dublin gangland.

The 53-year-old is alleged in court to have helped kill his ruthless gang boss Marlo Hyland when the mob was considered one of the most dangerous in the country.

In turn, Hyland’s successor Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne was also killed with the help of his own gang after at least a dozen murders during his time at the top.

Involved in drugs, heists and guns the Hyland gang were the target of Operation Oak such was the risk they posed to society in the mid-2000s.

The gang was part of wider operation until gardai realised the Finglas-based outfit was so big and dangerous it needed its own investigation.

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Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland

During 2006, about 20 of Hyland’s associates were charged with serious offences while more than €20 million worth of drugs were seized.

Despite the pressure from Operation Oak and the Criminal Assets Bureau, Hyland’s gang were involved in the 2006 murder of Patrick Harte, a former pal of Hyland’s, who had set up his own drugs operation.

In the same year Louth drug dealer Paul Reay was killed by the gang because they feared he was a garda informer.

Members of the gang were also connected with the callous murder of innocent mother-of-two Baiba Saulite in a contract killing in November 2006.

A month later Hyland himself was dead when he was shot and killed at a house had been sleeping in at Scribblestown Park, Finglas.

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Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

Eamon 'The Don' Dunne.

The killers also took the life of innocent plumber Anthony Campbell (20) who was working in the house at the time.

In a 2012 court case it was heard Mangan was one of those involved in the killing and Hyland’s protégé, Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne drove the getaway car.

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With Dunne in charge things got even worse with at least a dozen more killings linked to the gang ordered by the paranoid boss.

Former pals such as Graham Nally was killed amid fears he was plotting against the Don and the 2009 double murders of Michael Roly Cronin (35) and James Maloney (26) were aimed at creating terror.

Then in 2010 Dunne, likely betrayed by his own gang, was killed as he sat in a pub in a murder believed to have been sanctioned by the Kinahan Cartel.

It was probably a relief for Mangan to be behind bars at that stage having got a 14-year-sentence in 2009 after being caught with €300,000 worth of cannabis.

He also got a ten-year sentence for having a loaded pistol stuffed into his trousers in 2007.

Due for release in 2024, Mangan had been close to finishing his time at Loughan House in Cavan where inmates enjoy an open prison regime.

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