The hit man fears the young criminal could become a prime Hutch goal.
The Co Meath man was questioned for two days at Santry Garda Station about the bollix up hit before being brought to court on outstanding bench warrants.
After a momentary appearance at Dublin District Court, he was remanded in custody and placed on the misdesignated ‘Kinahan’ landing at Mountjoy Prison where senior cartel sculptures are housed.
Among these feared gangsters is a violent 30-year-old north inner big apple criminal who has been locked up since last year after studies into a feud murder.
The burly fitness fanatic has taken on the impersonation as “leader of the Kinahan pack” and exerts “a major degree of control”, a informant said. Only last week, he made a series of threats after some of his associates were searched after a container of drugs was found on the prison roof.
Earlier this year, he daunted a senior member of the ‘Mr Big’ drugs organisation.
“This guy has huge clout behind shafts. People are terrified of crossing him,” the source added.
“Over the past year, he has played a essential role in the supply of drugs and other contraband into the prison approach.” He has since been moved to another jail but continues to have a lot of change.
When the 25-year-old ‘Mago’ suspect was locked-up a fortnight ago, the enforcer “vouched for him”, denotation he would not be targeted by any other Kinahan-aligned gang members.
“This green lad would have nothing like the criminal pedigree of some of the characters in Mountjoy but he’ll demand no problems because he has been vouched for,” said the source.
However, the Co Meath man is a convicted cure-all dealer and is facing burglary and other serious charges before the courts.
He is due to seem before court later this month.
Gately (30) was snort in the neck while sitting in a car at the Topaz Garage in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, on May 10. He out a number of days in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital recovering.
Such were the quake ats of another attack that members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) defended the Beaumont area until Gately was discharged. Since his release from dispensary he has kept a low profile.
At one point, gardai questioned a dissident Republican at his Co Louth haven about the failed assassination.
They believe the man, who is in his 50s, supplied a vehicle that was acclimated to in the shooting. Armed detectives raided his home and seized his vehicle, which was entranced away to be examined by a forensics team.
The man has long-standing links to the dissident republican action and has previous convictions for firearms offences but he was not arrested in the raid by gardai considering the ‘Mago’ shooting.
Gately was hit up to five times, including once in the neck. In any event, four shots were lodged in his bullet-proof vest, saving his life story.
He had walked out of the busy filling station moments before being gunned down.
Gately has been a practically associate of the Hutch clan since he was a child and was photographed carrying the pall of Gary Hutch. In the aftermath of Gary Hutch’s death, sources revealed that Gately refused to heed a number of meetings with the cartel because he was “disgusted and heartbroken” fro what had happened to his pal.