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Murder mystery Family of grandad gangster Leslie White fear body was 'dumped in a skip'

Distraught family offer £20k reward 10 years after Leslie went missing

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Leslie’s family want closure

Leslie’s family want closure

Leslie’s family want closure

The body of murdered granda gangster Leslie White may never be returned to his heart- broken family after claims his remains were dumped in a skip across the border by his loyalist killers.

The Sunday World can reveal that the 69-year-old career criminal is believed to have been butchered and his body discarded in a large bin on the grounds of an under-construction Co Louth hotel where he met his killers.

Sources have told this newspaper that the Co Armagh man, who went missing 10 years ago, was stabbed to death by two men ordered to quiz him over a missing cocaine haul paid for by a Belfast-based UDA boss.

They say that White, from Lurgan, was the middleman in the "insidious" six-figure drugs deal between executed UDA chief John 'Bonzer' Boreland's gang and republican-linked criminals in the south.

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A handcuffed Leslie White leaving court in the Republic

A handcuffed Leslie White leaving court in the Republic

A handcuffed Leslie White leaving court in the Republic

After months of organising successful cocaine deals between Limerick and Dublin gangsters and the Ulster mobsters, a shipment of Class A drugs failed to appear - and White was accused of pocketing the cash.

Under pressure to answer questions over the missing haul, he arranged to meet two members of the loyalist mob in the Republic where he believed he'd be safe from execution.

However, his enraged killers drove across the border intent on blood and butchered him as he sat in his car.

"His body, as far as it is known, was then dumped in a skip being used by construction workers to clear out the hotel, which was closed at the time," a source told the Sunday World.

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Leslie White's Citroen car

Leslie White's Citroen car

Leslie White's Citroen car

"It was the weekend, and the killing took place at night, with no workers on site again until the Monday when the container was actually emptied.

"Sadly, the likelihood of Leslie's family ever getting his body back is next to none."

They added: "What was so insidious about his murder, and which no doubt played a part in anyone owning up to it within criminal circles, was the links to both loyalists and republican gangs who were effectively working together in the drugs trade.

"Lesley was a known player both north and south of the border and was close to quite a number of well-known underworld figures.

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"He made regular trips to the Republic to arrange deals and was, for a long time, the link between the supply of hard drugs going into Northern Ireland from cartels in the south.

"For that reason, it was kept very much under wraps who exactly was responsible for his murder - loyalists in particular did not want anyone to know about their dirty drug deals with those who would be seen to be Republican."

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Executed John ‘Bonzer’ Boreland

Executed John ‘Bonzer’ Boreland

Executed John ‘Bonzer’ Boreland

White was last seen by his daughter on November 6, 2010.

He had been due to attend a family gathering the following day, but did not appear.

The last person to speak to him was a friend, via mobile phone, just before 6pm when police believe he was in the Antrim area.

White's Citroen Xsara car was parked in Dublin Airport long-stay car park two days later.

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However, it wasn't discovered until the following February. Earlier this month his family made a heartbroken appeal for information over his disappearance and death.

A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his murder.

The granda gansgter had a long and varied criminal career.

The former smuggler and cattle rustler had contacts on both sides of the border and is believed to have been the go-between who arranged for the Portadown UVF to fence the stolen Beitart collection for Dublin crime lord Martin 'The General' Cahill.

White was a close associate of the notorious loyalist hitman RJ Kerr, whose badly charred body was found in mysterious circumstances near a burnt-out boat that had exploded as it was being towed on the main Newry to Warrenpoint road in November 1997.

In November 2002 White was arrested in Dublin by detectives investigating a gangland hit on a club doorman who had banned drug dealers from a Limerick club.

They found a .22 Beretta pistol, ammunition, gloves and a balaclava as well as €17,000 in White's car.

Cops also found leading Dublin drug dealer Declan Griffin's number on his mobile phone.

White was released on bail after claiming he nothing about the gun and had won the cash. Griffin was gunned down outside a Dublin pub a few months later in April 2003.

Weeks after White's disappearance in 2010, he was due to appear before the Circuit Court in Dublin to face a second trial on 2003 drugs charges.

He successfully had a 10-year jail term handed out at his first trial overturned on appeal.

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