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No sweat Feud mobster Cornelius Price cools off in pool ahead of UK trial

The criminal, whose associates have been caught up in the lethal Drogheda feud and linked to half a dozen murders, is currently free on bail.

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Cornelius Price

Cornelius Price

Cornelius Price

INFAMOUS gang boss Cornelius Price is staying cool ahead of his UK trial for conspiracy to kidnap which could see him locked up for a maximum 12 years .

This week he was giving the impression he had little to worry about as he cooled off in a pool beside a caravan amid the blazing sunshine.

The snaps posted by a pal on social media are captioned “Cornelius Price enjoying the weather and me suffering.”

The criminal, whose associates have been caught up in the lethal Drogheda feud and linked to half a dozen murders, is currently free on bail.

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Last March he walked free from Dovegate Prison after getting bail at Wood Green Crown Court, London, but he has to stay in the country.

He also has to wear an ankle bracelet used to monitor if he abides by his bail conditions, according to sources.

Since getting out of prison earlier this year Price has continued to try and intimidate people and criminals he regards as a threat to him.

He has been making late night phone calls and using social media to taunt his enemies in Dublin in recent weeks, sources say.

Joe Maughan, whose son William and his girlfriend Ana Varsalane are believed to have been murdered by Price’s gangster associates, previously told the Sunday World he has been a target for Price.

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William Maughan and Ana were killed

William Maughan and Ana were killed

William Maughan and Ana were killed

He said while Price did not contact him directly, phone calls were made to family friends and friends of his deceased son asking where various people lived.

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"When he got out of prison the last time, a couple of months ago he was ringing, friends of mine, friends of William and myself, looking for this looking for that, where does this fella live, where does that fella live?"

His gang are the chief suspects the murders and disappearance of Willie, and his pregnant girlfriend Ana, who were last seen at Price’s property in Gormanston, Co Meath in 2015.

Since then, Joe Maughan has fearlessly maintained a campaign keep the case in the public eye and hopefully find the couple’s remains to give them a decent burial.

Price, who is connected to the Maguire faction involved in the deadly Drogheda feud, is accused along with another associate, Mark Kavanagh (32).

The pair were among six people arrested in July 2020 following a major investigation by the West Midlands Organised Crime Unit.

Price is charged with two counts of conspiring to falsely imprison Muhammed and Shah Ali last July, as well as two counts of conspiring to blackmail both men on the same dates.

Drogheda man Kavanagh, whose address is listed as Manchester, is also charged with two counts of conspiracy to falsely imprison and two counts of conspiracy to blackmail.

Two other men, Darren McClean and Quincy Bramble, are charged with the kidnap of Muhammed Ali.

They are also charged with conspiring to unlawfully imprison Muhammed and Shah Ali, and detain them against their will, between July 7 and 17.

Price had been released from Wheatfield Prison in Dublin less than a year earlier in May 2019 after serving a three-year-sentence for reckless endangerment of a garda in which he drove a car at the officer.

The connection between Price’s associates and the Drogheda feud were highlighted following the trial of Stephen Gibbons last month who was jailed for seven years for possession of weapon.

The gun’s discovery came when armed gardai were on alert after getting information that the torso of slain Drogheda teenager Keane Mulready Woods was to be dumped near Price's compound.

While the dismembered body parts were not there, officers instead found a 9mm Makarov sub-machine gun which dates from 1945 and 12 rounds of ammunition.

The weapon was in a black sack found in the ditch on a lane leading to Price’s compound at Rockleigh House where Gibbons lived on January 15 last year.

The investigation into William and Ana’s deaths and has overlapped with other major investigations including those into deadly Drogheda gangland feud.

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Anastasija Varslavane and Willie Maughan (Garda/PA)

Anastasija Varslavane and Willie Maughan (Garda/PA)

Anastasija Varslavane and Willie Maughan (Garda/PA)

The couple were attacked and beaten to death by associates of gang boss Cornelius Price at the Co. Meath property where they lived in 2015, according to reports.

A caller to the Garda Confidential phone line is reported to have told how Ana was hit with an iron bar by an older woman.

At the same time William was attacked by a group of men and that their bodies were later incinerated to leave no trace.

The couple were killed because they planned to leave the area to start a new life, but gang associates feared they could link them to the murder of Benny Whitehouse in Balbriggan the year before.

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