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drugs and laundering Sentencing delayed of mob boss Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh until 'other developments' heard

Kavanagh and co-accused Daniel Canning and Gary Vickery pleaded guilty over 15 months ago but lawyers are in dispute about drugs quantities


Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh

Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh

Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh

Mob boss Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh has told a court in the UK that he will not accept sentencing on drug and money laundering until he knows what other ‘developments’ there are in relation to him.

Kavanagh appeared in Ipswich Crown Court today in a tracksuit top and glasses as his Counsel Joanne Cecil said that she had clear instructions from him in relation to the long drawn out sentencing hearing.

While she failed to expand on Kavanagh’s ‘straight-forward’ position it appears he fears that other investigations may be on going into his activities in organised crime and wants details of what they are.

He along with his co-accused Daniel Canning and Gary Vickery have pleaded guilty over 15 months ago but their lawyers are in dispute with the Crown about the amount of drugs they agreed to have trafficked in to the UK.


Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

At an earlier hearing it was revealed that the Crown believes they imported an incredible 292 kilos of cocaine and 600-800 kilos of cannabis through a route into Dover which was busted in 2017 when the National Crime Agency and the Garda’s Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau moved in on him.

The tonne of Class A and B drugs could land a two decade prison terms on the trio but they are negotiating to lessen the load and therefore reduce their sentences.

Sources say that Kavanagh fears he is still subject to investigation in Ireland where his weapons man Dec0lan Brady, aka Mr Nobody, was nabbed with an arsenal of guns primed and ready for use in the Kinahan and Hutch feud.

Kavanagh was a right hand man of Daniel Kinahan and for years ran a UK franchise of the Kinahan Organised Crime Gang. His underling Peadar Keating was sentenced this week in Ireland for directing an attempt to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately. Keating is also suspected of hiring hapless hitman Glen Clarke who murdered innocent Trevor O’Neill and Martin O’Rourke before misfiring his gun and killing himself.

The long running saga of the sentencing of Kavanagh, Canning and Vickery has been littered with confusion regarding bail, Covid 19 restrictions and testings and the unusual threat of a Newton Hearing – a trial within a trial to establish exactly what the trio are pleading guilty too.

Justice Martyn Levett said he would oversee a case hearing on September 27th but hoped to proceed to sentencing in early October, setting aside two days of the court for the proceedings.

Canning and Vickery had remained free despite pleading guilty for over a year as Covid and other complications dogged the case but Canning handed himself in to the UK authorities last month. However Vickery, who remains on Lanzarote and claimed he couldn’t board a flight as he couldn’t book a Covid test was warned that he has already piled extra time onto his sentence because of repeated breaches of court instructions.

He is subject to a European Arrest Warrant and has failed to show up at the court a number of times already. He was told if he isn’t in the UK by September 27th to appear in court he will earn a further two years on top of his base sentence and the accumulating time he has already built up. Vickery appeared via video link and said he understood the situation.

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Previously the Judge heard details of the negotiations going on behind the scenes.

All three have pleaded guilty to conspiring to import the drugs into the UK and to money laundering and Canning has pleaded to a further firearms and ammunition charge. However, they want the Crown to reduce their case regarding the levels of drugs imported.

Riel Karmy Jones QC previously told Judge Levett that the Crown was looking for all parties to agree on a starting position of 20 years in relation to the cocaine trafficking.

Ms Karmy Jones QC said that the Judge could consider the cannabis as an aggravating feature of the overall sentence or it could be used for a small consecutive sentence but he has given no indication regarding what he will do about sentencing warning that the longer no agreement is reached the less credit the three will get for their guilty pleas.

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