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After the Prison Service received the email they searched Mangan's cell and found the 'burner' phone

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Runaway thug John Mangan sent death threats to an innocent family from inside prison

Runaway thug John Mangan sent death threats to an innocent family from inside prison

Runaway thug John Mangan sent death threats to an innocent family from inside prison

The man whose family is under threat from fugitive double-murder suspect John Mangan emailed the Irish Prison Service last Monday, sparking the search of the convicted drug dealer's cell that led to the discovery of the burner phone.

In his email, he wrote:"My family are being harassed by a prisoner at Loughan House in Cavan.

"I do not want to give my address as I have already had strange vehicles pass by my home since this has began but I live in north Dublin.

"Over the past week I have received unwanted calls and texts from John Mangan in relation to my son. They were first from an 089 number and continued with private number calls when I blocked his number.

"Mr Mangan is under the belief my son owes him money which is not the case.

"We have not been to An Garda Siochana because we do not want to make statements and have our lives ruined.

"But I cannot deal with this mental torture a minute longer. The fact that you allow prisoners phones with internet access is beyond belief.

"I have attached the screenshots of the texts and calls from this man. I cannot attach the blocked number calls as I cannot show they are all from him.

"We want and need this dealt with. Our family is being ruined by this man.

"You cannot let it continue."

In the hours after receiving the email, the Irish Prison Services' Operations Unit ordered a search of Mangan's room during which the burner phone was recovered.

It's understood the number on the burner phone matched that on the threatening messages attached to the man's email.

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The Irish Prison Services Operations Unit emailed a response to the man's email on Tuesday.

This email read: "Thanks you for your email below. We started investigating your allegations about Mr Mangan contacting you via a mobile phone.

"Unfortunately, Mr Mangan absconded from Loughan House last night. The gardai in ******* Garda Station have been informed.

"If you have concerns for your safety or your family, I recommend that you contact your local garda station.

"I will notify you again once Mr Mangan is located and returned to custody. If you wish, you can ring me at the number below."

It is suspected that Mangan is currently hiding out in north Dublin and is being aided by criminal accomplices.

Before he absconded, the thug was serving 10 years for a firearms offence on top of a 14-year drugs sentence imposed on him in 2009.

The 53-year-old of Whitestown Green, Blanchardstown, was among dozens of criminals arrested in relation to the shocking double murder of Hyland and Anthony Campbell in December 2006, but gardai did not charge him despite considering him a suspect.

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Martin 'Marlo' Hyland was shot dead in 2006

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland was shot dead in 2006

Martin 'Marlo' Hyland was shot dead in 2006

In March 2012, journalist Paul Williams gave evidence in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court alleging Willie Hynes and John Mangan were responsible for the double murder, and that the late Eamon The Don' Dunne acted as the getaway driver.

The reporter said two former lieutenants of Hyland were allegedly involved in the murders and named them as Hynes and Mangan. Mangan was a key member of the gang that was led by Hyland.

He and his close associate, Finglas criminal William Hynes, were snared after a massive operation by gardai at Brown's Barn, south Dublin, on July 31, 2006.

More than €2m worth of cannabis resin was seized by gardai in 14 boxes split between a Ford Transit van and an Opel Astra car in Brown's Barn public house car park. The two men were arrested nearby.

After a lengthy trial in November 2009, Judge Patrick McCartan imposed a 12-year sentence on Hynes and a 14-year sentence on Mangan.

When the Brown's Barn seizure happened in 2006 both Hynes and Mangan were on bail for other serious offences linked to Marlo's crew.

Gardai believe the Brown's Barn bust directly led to the murder of Hyland because gang members suspected that Marlo was touting to gardai.

The capture was part of the gardai's Operation Oak which targeted Hyland's gang and led to 41 arrests and 26 charges.

Five months before that, Mangan was arrested in Drumcondra and was caught with more than €300,000 of cannabis.

When he was arrested on that occasion and asked what was in the bag, he replied: "Hash, what do you think? That's what happens when you owe people money."

He said "the job" was worth €2,000 to him off a €9,000 debt.

Eight months after Hyland and Anthony Campbell were shot dead, Mangan was arrested with a loaded Luger pistol down his trousers in the Comet pub in Santry in August 2007. He was on bail on the two charges of possession of cannabis at this time.

Mangan told gardai his life had been threatened between eight and 10 times that year and he was carrying the pistol for his safety.

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