A gang member involved in a foiled Kinahan Cartel plot to assassinate James ‘Mago’ Gately, in which he placed a tracking device on rival member Hutch’s car, has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for six and a half years.
Sentencing Douglas Glynn to court without a jury today, the presiding judge, Judge Tony Hunt, said the three judges were satisfied that Glynn’s management and establishment of the tracking device had placed him “higher ” in the criminal organization than his co-accused David Duffy and Stephen Fowler.
The court noted that the criminal organization that Glynn aided is particularly serious, well-organized and well-funded.
Last November, in court without a jury, Glynn changed his guilty plea just over a week after going on trial and admitted placing a tracking device on Gately’s car.
Gately had been warned by gardaí of a threat to his life from criminals who believed he was involved in the murder at the Regency Hotel of Kinahan Cartel associate David Byrne in February 2016.
The court has heard in previous related cases that there was “continued targeting” of Gately in the context of a feud between the Hutch and Kinahan crime groups. Estonian hitman Imre Arakas was brought to Ireland in 2017 to carry out Gately’s murder before being apprehended by the gardaí.
Detective Sergeant David Carolan previously told the Special Criminal Court that he knew Gately was involved “in a feud with the Kinahan Organized Crime Group” and that Gately “had a broader association with the Hutch Organized Crime Group”. He said Gately was “at the time the target of the Kinahan organized crime group”.
Glynn (37) of Fitzgibbon Court, Dublin 1, was re-charged on November 17 and pleaded guilty to participating in the activities of a criminal organisation, contrary to section 72(1)(A) of the criminal justice. In his first appearance in the three-judge court on Nov. 9, Glynn pleaded not guilty.
The particulars of the charge were that, on dates between December 7, 2016 and April 6, 2017 inclusive, both in and out of state and with knowledge of a criminal organization and with intent to enhance the ability of the said criminal organization or any of its members to commit a serious crime, namely the murder of James Gately, he participated in or contributed to activities related to the said crime.
Before handing down the sentence today, Judge Hunt said the offense arose out of an ‘ongoing plan’ to murder Gately. Gardaí did not know about these operations until April 2017, he said, and it was not clarified until Arakas arrived on a flight to Dublin from Alicante.
In handing down his sentence, Judge Hunt said Glynn was captured on CCTV wearing a distinctive hat with earflaps as he placed a tracking device on Gately’s Toyota car.
Detective Sergeant O’Leary said there was an exchange between “Oscar” and another person about getting a tracker on a car belonging to Gately’s sister on January 16, 2017 and that this corresponded to the fact that a tracker had been installed on his car the next day. There were also questions coming from “Oscar” about the seizure of tracking devices by gardaí on February 23, 2017.
At Monday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Hunt noted that one of the Blackberry devices revealed that “Oscar” had also sent a message saying, “Have you ever removed the charger from that- this ?”. The next message read: “Okay, gotta grab this sometime tomorrow.”
Detective Sergeant O’Leary, the court previously heard, placed Glynn “slightly above” David Duffy and Fowler in the criminal organization.
The court set the main sentence at 10 years’ imprisonment.
By way of mitigation, the judge noted that Glynn’s plea was entered after the trial began, but also after a considerable amount of defense evidence had been served. He said it could therefore be treated as a first plea.
Given the seriousness of the offence, the judge said the maximum sentence was 15 years in prison. The aggravating factors in the case were that the criminal organization that Glynn had helped is particularly serious, well organized and well funded.
The very serious offense of murder had been contemplated by the criminal organization, the judge said, and it did not occur solely due to the early intervention of the gardaí.
Glynn has 16 prior convictions, mostly for minor traffic violations. He was convicted of possession of drugs for sale and supply.
Duffy (33) of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 and Fowler (62), of Blakestown Cottages in Clonsilla, Dublin 15 have previously been jailed for providing logistical support to the plot to assassinate Gately.
Judge Hunt, sitting with Judge Sarah Berkeley and Judge Cormac Dunne, sentenced Glynn to seven years and six months’ imprisonment with the final year suspended, retroactive to December 31, 2021, the date he was placed in custody.