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Thug's challenge Kinahan cartel criminal Alan Wilson lodges appeal against sentence for murder plot

It could take a number of months for the appeal hearing to get a court date.

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Gangland criminal Alan Wilson

Gangland criminal Alan Wilson

Gangland criminal Alan Wilson

Gangland thug Alan Wilson is pinning his hopes on an early release from prison after lodging an appeal against his 10-year sentence for conspiracy to murder.

The appeal against the sentence and conviction was lodged earlier this month on 6th January just weeks after his sentence hearing in December.

It is his latest legal bid to cut the time he will have to spend in prison where his current release date is in 2029.

It could take a number of months for the appeal hearing to get a court date.

Wilson (42), with a last address at New Street Gardens, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to murder persons unknown on July 26, 2010, contrary to Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

He also pleaded guilty to an offence under the Firearms Act of possession of a .38 calibre Smith & Wesson revolver and a .32 calibre Zastava semi-automatic pistol on dates between July 24 and July 26, 2010, in circumstances that give rise to the reasonable inference that he possessed them for an unlawful purpose.

Wilson had pleaded not guilty to the attempted murders of Brian Masterson, Wayne Barrett and Austin Purcell at The Player's Lounge Public House, Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin 3 on July 26, 2010. Those attempted murder charges were officially dropped after the Director of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi.

During his last hearing Wilson had hoped to reduce his time spent behind bars by getting his new sentence backdated to when he went into prison in 2017.

Already serving eight years for his part in planning a hit on Kinahan cartel target Gary Hanley in 2017 he would have been due out this summer.

It emerged that during garda surveillance as the would-be assassins targeted Hanley, Wilson boasted about taking part in the 2010 gun-attack at the Players’ Lounge which left the three men injured.

He claimed he was just bragging to make himself look good.

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Wilson pleaded for leniency on the latest sentence on the grounds he had turned his life around and was now writing poetry and dealing with a serious medical condition.

He admitted to sourcing the guns and cars used in the attack which was ordered by Sean ‘The Smuggler’ Hunt and aimed at Real IRA boss Alan Ryan.

However, he denied being the shooter who was seen on CCTV footage carrying a gun in each hand in the reckless attack.

One of the trial judges, however, said that his expression of remorse was not genuine and no medical evidence of his medical condition was given to the court.

A nephew of Martin ‘The General’ Cahill, Wilson had also claimed being accused of the 2008 murder of Marioara Rostas (18), for which he was tried and acquitted in court, had ruined his life.

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