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Thug life Gangster Niall Shebani poses with an axe before conviction for horror knife attack

Victim was left with seven-inch scar on his face after the assault

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Niall Shebani

Niall Shebani

Niall Shebani

This is the Dublin gangster who has been jailed for a violent attack on a man who he slashed in the face and kicked unconscious in Northern Ireland.

Niall Shebani (36), originally from Donaghmede but with an address at Bearna Park in Newry, was part of three-man gang who carried out a horrific attack on a man in Newry two years ago.

Sources say Shebani left Northern Ireland for the Netherlands in the wake of the attack but later returned to face justice.

One of his close associates is currently on bail ahead on serious criminal charges related to the Encrochat hack.

Sources claim this criminal convinced Niall to hand himself in over the slash attack.

The two men are known to gardaí and were previously linked to northside Dublin criminals, including the gang boss known as Mr Big but have been based in Northern Ireland for years.

On Wednesday Shebani was sentenced to five years but will be released in half that time on serve the rest of his sentence on licence.

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Niall Shebani

Niall Shebani

Niall Shebani

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Criminal Investigation Department in Newry welcomed the sentencing of Shebani and two other men in connection with the attack this week.

Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: "The victim was walking on Canal Street when he was attacked close to the Merchants Quay Junction."

The gang arrived in a silver VW Golf before Shebani and his associate Stephen Morgan jumped out and attacked the victim.

Shebani slashed the victim across the face leaving him with a seven-inch slash wound.

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“He suffered severe facial injuries when slashed with a knife causing him to fall to the ground. The assailants then kicked him while he lay on the ground causing him to lose consciousness,” Det Sgt Johnston said.

As well as the slash to the face the victim suffered a slash wound to the upper arm, as well as cuts and bruises.

Shebani (36) was sentenced to five years half of which is to be served on licence, Stephen Morgan (26) from Chancellor’s Hall, Newry was sentenced to 180 hours of community service for his involvement in the attack.

Danny McDonald (27) from Drumalane Road, sentenced to a combination order including community service and probation for aiding and abetting wounding with intent, driving while disqualified and no insurance.

“These men violently attacked a young man who was walking along the street, causing severe wounds to his face.

"The victim was fortunate their injuries were not more serious. Despite limited investigative opportunities detectives were able to identify the assailants from CCTV images that led to their successful prosecution.

“I hope this sentencing sends out a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get away with this type of crime. We will work tirelessly to bring offenders before the courts so that that victims receive the justice they deserve.

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Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010

Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010

Photo of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy who were shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2010

Shebani is known to the gardai and his associates are prime suspects for the murders of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy.

The innocent cousins were shot dead at the Tesco Clearwater service station in Finglas on November 23, 2010, in a case of mistaken identity.

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