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Jim Mansfield Jnr nicknamed 'Lord of the Manor' in Portlaoise Prison

"Mansfield can do what he wants on the landing and no-one blinks an eye"
Jim Mansfield Jnr arrives at Dublin District Court. Pic Collins Courts.

Jim Mansfield Jnr arrives at Dublin District Court. Pic Collins Courts.

Patrick O'Connell

JAILED HOTELIER Jim Mansfield Jnr has been nicknamed 'Lord of the Manor' on C-Block in Portlaoise Prison.

Despite being under investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) in relation to a €4.5 million payment from the now US government- sanctioned Kinahan cartel, we have also learned that Mansfield Jnr is not on protection and mingles freely on the C1 landing.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that Mansfield regularly has his prison account topped up by an assistant and is 'cock of the walk' inside the prison.

"Mansfield can do what he wants on the landing and no-one blinks an eye," the source said.

"He has money lodged in his account and his visits are booked by an assistant.

"He is way above his station and has an opinion of himself."

The source said Mansfield spends his days mingling freely with other inmates and spurned offers of magazines and books to while away his time inside.

"He said his father told him 'when you have our money you don't need to read or write'," the source said.

Mansfield (54) of Tassagart House, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co. Dublin, is currently serving an 18-month sentence for ordering the destruction of CCTV footage showing him with his former employee Martin Byrne on the morning the latter was kidnapped by republican terrorists Dessie O'Hare and Declan 'Whacker' Duffy.

Dessie O'Hare

Dessie O'Hare

The Special Criminal Court noted that Mansfield Jnr "stood and watched" as his employee was taken by the notorious criminals and "placed in great danger".

Sentencing Mansfield Jnr at the non-jury court in February, presiding judge Mr Justice Alexander Owens said the defendant had decided to suppress the "potential evidence" of his involvement with "notorious kidnapper" O'Hare and Duffy and that his actions fell into the category of "foolish and selfish criminality, whose efforts did not succeed".

Portlaoise Prison

Portlaoise Prison

The three-judge court found when the convicted man ordered the CCTV footage to be destroyed, he knew there would be a major criminal investigation including an examination of his role in these events.

"He did it to distance himself from any involvement with Declan Duffy and Dessie O'Hare and to hide his association with gangsters," added Mr Justice Owens.

Since being locked up, Mansfield Jnr has also been named as a defendant in CAB proceedings targeting him, US-sanctioned cartel boss Daniel Kinahan and convicted drug trafficker Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh.

Last month the High Court cleared the way for the seizure of a luxury property in south Dublin, which the jailed businessman gave to the Kinahan cartel after he took millions of euro from them to invest in property in Ireland for them but never did so.

The High Court heard Mansfield Jnr was given €4.5 million in cash in two suitcases by Daniel Kinahan and his associate Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh in 2009.

It was intended Mansfield invest the money in property assets for the cartel.

However, the deal collapsed due to the crashing economy and the Kinahan cartel did not get its properties.

The High Court heard how Mansfield's financial position "deteriorated" after the collapse of the Celtic Tiger economy and how his relationships with the cartel "soured" after he went into receivership.

Mansfield Jnr later reached a deal with the cartel to effectively repay them by giving them a luxury house in a gated community in Saggart and a sum of money.

Cab has been investigating the house, at Coldwater Lakes, and its history for a number of years.

The High Court was told Kinahan effectively owned the property from 2014 and had stayed there for periods.

The C-Block in Portlaoise currently houses up to 10 inmates linked to the Kinahan cartel.

The reputed leaders of this faction on the block are Peader Keating and David Duffy.

Keating is one of the most senior members of the Kinahan cartel to have been jailed in the Republic.

He received an 11-year sentence for directing the failed murder attempt on Hutch associate James 'Mago' Gately in 2017.

The plan was foiled when Estonian hitman Imre Arakas was arrested and a weapon seized after he travelled to Ireland for the hit.

David Duffy, meanwhile, is serving five years for his role in the plot to kill Gately.

He booked flights for Arakas to come to Ireland.

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