A gunman who plotted to murder a Dublin man and described his intended target as a “f****** idiot” has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for 11 years.
Luke Wilson (23), who himself had been the victim of an attempted murder bid when his best friend shot him in the face five years ago, was recorded by gardai in “extensive discussions” about the murder plot.
He said in an audio recording that he had “no problem” camping in the back of a van in order “to get” Gary Hanley and that he wanted “money not jail”.
The father-of-one also said: “He (Hanley) doesn’t even understand why our people want him gone, he is such a f****** idiot”.
Wilson from Cremona Road in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 admitted in July to conspiring to murder Mr Hanley at a location within the State between September 15th and November 6th last year. The offence is under Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.
He also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a Beretta handgun with intent to endanger life at Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview, Dublin 3 on November 6th last year.