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Life of crime How Caolan Smyth went from promising boxer to petty criminal to hitman for hire

After his 20 year jail sentence was passed, Smyth turned to family members in the courtroom and said: "Five World Cups, and I'll be out".

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Caolan Smyth

Caolan Smyth

Caolan Smyth

Caolan Smyth yesterday joined the long list of criminals serving lengthy prison terms for serious crimes carried out at the behest of the Kinahan cartel.

Coming from a broken home and without completing his secondary-level education, the physically imposing boxer was the type of person primed to be used by the crime gang.

Escalating from petty offences to more serious lawlessness, his life of crime yesterday culminated in a 20-year prison term for attempted murder.


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