Notorious criminal Alan ‘Fatpuss’ Bradley refused to get involved in Finglas’ deadly feud before James Whelan’s murder
Notorious criminal Alan ‘Fatpuss’ Bradley refused to get involved in Finglas’ deadly feud.
The Irish Sun can reveal Bradley, 47, has told friends he has refused to take sides in the ongoing dispute between ‘The Gucci Gang’ and their enemies.
Detectives feared that the hood and some of his associates were supporting one of the rival factions by providing muscle.
But Bradley – who was released from prison in 2018 after serving time for conspiring to steal €1million from a cash-in-transit van – told his associates how young criminals “are all crazy”.
It is also understood the well-known criminal has had a number of health issues in recent months and has kept a low profile.
The ex-criminal – once a loyal lieutenant to murdered gang leader Eamonn ‘The Don’ Dunne – made the comments just before the murder of 29-year-old James Whelan in Finglas, north Dublin on Sunday.
A local told us: “Fatpuss told everyone that he stays out of trouble because he has a few things on his mind.
“He’s the kind of person one of the factions would like to have on his side because he’s been involved in crime for a long time.
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“His name is still well known in Finglas and he has many people who have remained loyal to him. Bradley is also a bit unstable and the last thing the gardai needs is people like him getting involved.
“Gardai will no doubt continue to monitor the situation to see who is involved in the feud.”
At present, the two sides in the feud are vying for support from other criminal gangs in the capital.
Although Whelan was a former associate of Mr. Flashy, the “Gucci Gang” is linked to his murder. Whelan clashed with the gang of young thugs after calling them a “rat” in a series of social media posts.
They made the claim after the Gucci Gang headquarters in Ratoath Drive was seized by Gardai and Dublin City Council in February.
HUTCH AND KINAHAN LINKS
While the Kinahan Cartel had previously worked closely with Mr. Flashy’s gang, Whelan also had ties to the cartel and their lieutenant Trevor Byrne.
But the murder victim’s associates also included members of the Hutch Organized Crime Group.
Since his murder, senior cartel member Liam Byrne’s son Lee, who has no involvement in the crime, has paid tribute to Whelan on social media. His associates have also been backed by members of a West Dublin crime gang who are also embroiled in a dispute with Mr Flashy.
Gardai in Finglas remains on high alert for further violence in the area. Officers also believe her killer is from the area with no getaway car involved.
They are also still looking for the murder weapon.
In recent months, they have responded to shots fired at properties, grenade attacks, beatings and attempted kidnappings.
During the incidents of violence, the homes of innocent families have also been targeted.
Officers also reviewed numerous TikTok videos of rival gangs taunting each other. But Whelan’s murder is the first time anyone has been killed in the feud.
The Gardai have increased their patrols in the area as the hunt for Whelan’s murderer continues.