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feud soldiers Six criminals now behind bars for their role in plots to kill James 'Mago' Gately

Hutch associate Gately has been a prime target for the Kinahan cartel.

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James ‘Mago’ Gately.

James ‘Mago’ Gately.

James ‘Mago’ Gately.

Six men with links to the Kinahan cartel are now behind bars for plots to kill Hutch associate James ‘Mago’ Gately following the jailing of Stephen Fowler yesterday.

The Special Criminal Court has heard that there is a threat to Gately’s life from criminals who believed him to be involved in the Regency Hotel murder of Kinahan cartel associate David Byrne in February 2016.

The six men have been jailed in relation to two separate plots against Gately which took place one after another in April and May 2017.

The first plot took place in April 2017 and centred around Estonian hitman Imre Arakas who was brought to Ireland to murder Gately with logistical support from Kinahan-linked criminals.

The second took place in May 2017 when Kinahan-linked gunman Caolan Smyth shot Gately five times at a petrol station near Dublin airport but failed to kill his target.

Imre Arakas

Imre Arakas was the first to be jailed over the plots when he was sentenced to six years behind bars after pleading guilty to conspiring with other to murder Gately in Northern Ireland between April 3rd and April 4th, 2017.

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Imre Arakas

Imre Arakas

Imre Arakas

Arakas had been contracted by the Kinahan cartel to carry out the shooting and boasted in messages that he would take out Gately with “one shot in the head”.

He had bought a wig in Dublin and an used an encrypted Blackberry phone to receive information about the movements and location of Gately.

He also requested a silencer for the job.

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He was to be paid a five-figure sum for carrying out the hit.

Stephen Fowler

Stephen Fowler (62) was sentenced to six years and nine months with 15 months suspended at the Special Criminal Court yesterday for his "logistical" involvement in the murder plot between December 7, 2016, and April 4, 2017.

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Stephen Fowler, of Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla, leaving the Special Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts

Stephen Fowler, of Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla, leaving the Special Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts

Stephen Fowler, of Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla, leaving the Special Criminal Court. Photo: Collins Courts

The court previously heard that Fowler had taken responsibility for a debt associated with his son Eric Fowler (34), who was shot dead in his driveway at Blakestown Cottages in December 2018.

Fowler was under surveillance when he picked up Arakas outside Barry’s Hotel in Dublin and brought him to his home at Blakestown Cottages on April 3, 2016.

He was arrested with Arakas the following day.

Peader Keating

Clondalkin gangster Peader Keating was the main Irish based criminal directing the plot on the ground.

In September he was jailed for 11 years for directing the crime group in the plot.

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Peader (Peter) Keating

Peader (Peter) Keating

Peader (Peter) Keating

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that Keating, of Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin, Dublin, was a "senior figure" for the Kinahan Organised Crime Group, which he described as being a "well-organised, complex, sinister and dangerous organisation".

He was spotted in the vicinity of Gately’s apartment complex in Belfast in the days before Arakas arrived into Ireland first checking CCTV cameras before returning a second when a tracking device was placed on Gately’s car.

Another tracking device had been placed on a vehicle belonging to a relative of Gately.

Keating has close links to senior Kinahan cartel figure Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh who is currently in prison in the UK as he awaits sentencing over his operation smuggling over €45m worth of cannabis and cocaine.

He was also the brother-in-law of Kinahan money launderer Jason Carroll who was shot dead in 2013.

David ‘Blinky’ Duffy

David ‘Blinky’ Duffy, who was recruited into the plot by Keating, was sentenced to five years for his involvement in July.

Duffy, from Greenfort Lawns in Clondalkin, booked flights for Arakas, sourced a vehicle used by the gang and sourced a tracking device placed on Gately’s car.

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David Duffy (l) and Peader Keating (r)

David Duffy (l) and Peader Keating (r)

David Duffy (l) and Peader Keating (r)

He was also involved in planned cleaning of a car of fingerprints, has a pack of SIM cards intended for use in burner phones and he was in "frequent" contact with Keating over the plot.

When the Arakas plot on Gately’s life was foiled by gardai, the cartel wasted no time in arranging another plot.

Caolan Smyth

On May 10, 2017 just weeks after gardai foiled the Arakas plot, Kinahan gunman Caolan Smyth shot Gately five times outside the Topaz petrol station near Dublin Airport.

Gately, who was wearing a bullet proof vest and received treatment from an off-duty nurse at the scene, survived the attack.

Four of the shots hit the bullet proof vest while one hit Gately’s jaw.

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Caolan Smyth

Caolan Smyth

Caolan Smyth

Smyth had Gately under surveillance before carrying out the shooting.

He had strong links to other figures in the Kinahan cartel and was also involved in separate feud in Coolock and surrounding areas.

Smyth was himself the target of a murder plot by associates of Sean Little who was shot dead as part of that feud.

Little’s associates blamed Smyth for the shooting.

Smyth was sentenced to 20 years for the hit attempt in February this year and shouted “five World Cups and I’ll be out” at his sentence hearing.

Gary McAreavey

Gary McAreavey, who was not a gang member, was sentenced to three years for helping Smyth burn out the getaway vehicle after the attempt on Gately’s life.

McAreavey (53) of Gort Nua, Station Road, Castlebellingham, Co Louth, had pleaded not guilty to acting to impede an apprehension or prosecution by purchasing petrol and assisting in the burning out of the vehicle, a black Lexus, used in the attempted murder at Newrath, Dromiskin, Co Louth on the same day as the shooting.

The court heard he only bought the petrol used to burn out the vehicle after Smyth contacted him after the shooting.

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