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plea dispute Sentencing of Kinahan Cartel mobster Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh delayed for at least another five months

His co-accused Daniel Canning and Gary Vickery remain on bail despite the seriousness of their offences and their guilty pleas to major drugs importation charges.

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Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh

Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh

Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh

Feared gangland boss Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh won’t be sentenced for at least another five months after massive delays caused by Covid-19 and due to a dispute over the basis of his plea.

His co-accused Daniel Canning and Gary Vickery remain on bail despite the seriousness of their offences and their guilty pleas to major drugs importation charges.

A Newton hearing was requested after the pleas which were made in July of 2020. It is to settle a dispute between the prosecution and defence over the amount of drugs and money laundering involved.

Newton hearings are held before a judge without a jury present, which is generally held to resolve serious factual issues between the prosecution and defence.

The hearing coupled with restricted court hearings due to Coronavirus restrictions have resulted in the huge sentencing delay.

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(l-r) Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

(l-r) Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

(l-r) Daniel Canning, Thomas Kavanagh and Gary Vickery

Kavanagh, 53, worked for decades as the UK partner of Daniel Kinahan and a key part of his drugs gang.

He moved to Birmingham in the late 1990s after he had been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau here and settled in the affluent suburb of Tamworth.

Gardai believe that following the murder of his brother-in-law David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in 2016, he formed a blood bond with Kinahan and that his personnel, expertise and weapons were used in a number of feud hits and attempted murders.

Kavanagh is facing a hefty sentence after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering. His number one partner in Ireland, Peadar Keating, is also before the Special Criminal Court charged with directing a criminal gang between December 7, 2016 and April 2017.

However Kavanagh, who is currently serving a sentence relating to a pink stun gun, has managed to delay his fate with the proposed Newton hearing which could be averted if agreement is reached between the two sides, essexnewsandinvestigations.com reports.

The ‘Bomb Squad’ was once the most feared force in the Irish underworld and was made up of Kavanagh in the UK and Liam Byrne’s mob in Crumlin.

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Liam Byrne, brother of David Byrne

Liam Byrne, brother of David Byrne

Liam Byrne, brother of David Byrne

Kavanagh’s former business partner, his cousin James Mulvey, is also serving a lengthy sentence in the UK after years on the run. Bomber had managed to slip the net when Mulvey and other associates were busted in 2009, but his cousin had to go on the run.

As Mulvey moved between Spain, Brazil, Holland and Portugal, Kavanagh developed a slick money laundering operation involving the export of high end used cars from the UK to Ireland managed by his Byrne and his business partner Sean McGovern.

Following the Regency Hotel fallout Kavanagh’s outfit became the major target of a joint Garda and NCA investigation.

His associates were linked to the murders of innocents Martin O’Rourke and Trevor O’Neillas well as Noel Kirwan and an assassination attempt on James ‘Mago’ Gately.

They also believed that his associates financed the murders of Derek Coakely Hutch and Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneaux.

A massive weapons arsenal found in Greenogue Industrial Estate and primed for use in the Kinahan Hutch feud were linked to ‘Bomber’ in 2017 while his money launderer Declan Brady, aka Mr Nobody, was nicked.



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