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Johnny Morrissey

Johnny Morrissey

Johnny Morrissey

Suspected hitman Johnny Morrissey hosted a lavish knees-up in Puerto Banus to launch his new vodka brand — entertaining a host of Costa del Sol celebrities including reality TV star Lina Hodgkins and Irish models Cindy Cafolla and Virginia Macari.

In a sure sign that the rich of Marbella are back partying, Morrissey, a close pal of Daniel Kinahan, showed off with dancers, musicians and fire eaters as he celebrated his new business venture with Scottish wife Nicola, who he credits as being the CEO of the venture.

Morrissey is listed as a brand ambassador for the company, with his wife in the role of director and majority shareholder. There’s no suggestion she has any involvement in Morrissey’s less savoury activities.

The rich and famous mixed alongside the shady underworld figure, who fled Ireland after plotting to kill a Criminal Assets Bureau officer before he later hooked up with Kinahan and his mob on the Costa.

Morrissey is so close to Kinahan that he was invited to his wedding in Dubai in the summer of 2017, weeks after gardaí arrested international hitman Imre Arakas as he posed as a tourist in Dublin in an effort to kill Hutch target James ‘Mago’ Gately.

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Johnny Morrissey and wife at launch of their new Nero vodka in Marbella

Johnny Morrissey and wife at launch of their new Nero vodka in Marbella

Johnny Morrissey and wife at launch of their new Nero vodka in Marbella

Arakas had been hired by Kinahan to take out his rivals after a series of local hit teams were busted by gardaí as they plotted murders in the capital.

The bald Brit also published Blood Feud, an online booklet released as part of a public relations campaign by Kinahan as he planned to step out from the shadows as a boxing fixer.

Blood Feud detailed an intricate conspiracy theory claiming that the Regency Hotel attack was a collusion of media, gardaí and even the government to kill Kinahan, making ludicrous suggestions that together they worked with the Hutch faction to facilitate the assault at a boxing weigh-in.

Morrissey has been living in Spain for two decades after he was targeted by the Bureau, who took almost €130,000 from him and froze another €500,000 of his assets.

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Virginia Macari was a guest

Virginia Macari was a guest

Virginia Macari was a guest

He had been identified as an associate of George ‘the Penguin’ Mitchell during the Operation Firedamp investigation into the crime lord and his gang. He and Mitchell plotted to kill the Bureau’s legal officer Barry Galvin and even built up a profile of the solicitor and his family, but gardaí foiled their plans.

Morrissey is one of the biggest spenders on the Costa and has mixed freely with the rich and famous in Puerto Banus where socialites unwittingly come together with the criminal underworld in expensive clubs and restaurants.

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Virginia Macari (left) and Cindy Cafolla (right) were guests at the vodka launch

Virginia Macari (left) and Cindy Cafolla (right) were guests at the vodka launch

Virginia Macari (left) and Cindy Cafolla (right) were guests at the vodka launch

For 10 years, the Kinahan mob were one of the most powerful gangs in the area and are still believed to launder millions of euro of drug money through businesses in the region.

Last year, Marco Yaquot, a club owner, was gunned down in his Bentley at his plush San Pedro D’Alcantara villa during a spree of shootings on the Costa believed to be part of a feud between Dutch-Moroccan criminals.

Yaquot was a close pal of Daniel Kinahan and attended events at his former boxing gym MGM, which later changed its name to MTK after it was sold on to businesswoman Sandra Vaughan.

At the time, glamorous former model Lina Hodgkins spoke of her shock at the murder of her boss who had interests in the popular Tibu nightclub and Linekers bars.

Gangster Morrissey has been pushing his Nero Vodka on social media with high-end advertising campaigns and had planned to start selling it in Ireland. He credited the company as being his wife Nicola’s during the launch party, which was attended by media and featured on social pages of magazines on the Costa. Cindy Cafolla and Virginia Macari are both well-known faces on Ireland’s social scene and have regularly been photographed at business launches. The pair are both respected businesswomen.

Morrissey has built a mansion in Marbella, where officers believe he is a fixer for criminal gangs, and shows off his wealth on social media.

He was a pal of David ‘Daithí’ Douglas, killed on Freddie Thompson’s orders, and is regularly in the company of armed robber Kevin Lynch.

The larger-than-life gangster has always remained a step ahead of the law and while he is the chief suspect for a number of unsolved murders in the UK where he was once the heavy in a notorious Manchester gang, he has never racked up any serious criminal convictions.

Officers say that organised crime is so deeply embedded in life on the Costa Del Sol that drug money is worth more to the economy than tourism.

Morrissey’s old pal Mitchell has kept a two-bed apartment in Malaga and has based himself in the area for years while he travels around the world running his massive criminal network.

The thug lived in Ireland in the 1990s when he invested in property in

Kinsale in Cork and pumped a fortune into the Lydgate Country Inn, turning it into a nightclub.

Former CAB boss Felix McKenna later revealed his plot to kill Galvin.

“This was a serious threat. This was a Premier League criminal.”

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