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Video nasty Pals of John Gilligan chant 'he didn't do it' as gang boss parties on anniversary of Veronica Guerin murder

Veronica was murdered by Gilligan’s gang on June 26th 1996


Twisted thug John Gilligan held a sickening celebration with pals ahead of anniversary of Veronica Guerin’s death as they laughed and chanted “he didn’t do it.”

In the vile video which was posted on social media last night a haggard looking Gilligan is sitting with a number of pals at the poolside bar at the Dña Monse Hotel in Torrevieja, Alicante laughing and smiling for the camera.

One of his pals boasts how Gilligan has bought two rounds for the group and says “it’s not often you get two drinks off him” while others repeatedly chant “he didn’t do it” in the background.

The group laugh and shout and raise their glasses in the video which was posted yesterday ahead of the 25th anniversary of the murder of Sunday Independent crime journalist Veronica Guerin today.

Earlier this week Gilligan turned and walked away when confronted by an Irish Daily Star journalist who asked him about Veronica’s murder outside his property in Alicante.

Veronica was murdered by Gilligan’s gang on June 26th 1996 as she stopped in traffic on the Naas Dual Carriageway.

Gilligan was tried for the murder but was acquitted.

His pal Brian Meehan was the only member of his gang convicted of the killing and is currently serving a life sentence.

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John Gilligan

John Gilligan

John Gilligan

Gilligan was later convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 28 years which was reduced to 20 on appeal and was released from in 2013 after serving 17 years.

After his release from prison he was shot by a gunman at his brother’s home in Clondalkin and fled Ireland in terror.

At the time he had been threatened by Kinahan cartel gunman Trevor Byrne who had fought with Gilligan while they were both serving time in Portlaoise. No one was charged in relation to the gun attack.

Gilligan cut a pathetic figure as he was being being wheeled onto a ferry looking frail as he left Ireland for the UK terrified he would be killed.

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Veronica Guerin in 2001

Veronica Guerin in 2001

Veronica Guerin in 2001

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He later returned to Ireland during the Kinahan-Hutch feud after being given assurances by the Kinahan cartel he wouldn’t be killed.

He then moved to Torrevieja where he was arrested last October as part of an investigation into prescription tablets and marijuana being sent by post to the UK and Ireland.

Police found a .357 Magnum revolver during the search of his property. Reports at the time of his arrest said he soiled himself when Spanish armed cops raided his home.

He was held in custody after his arrest but has since been released on bail and could face up to five years behind bars if convicted.

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