Court allows man who conspired to murder gangland criminal to be named

Cailean Crawford (25) admitted plotting with others to kill Wayne Whelan in Lucan

The scene at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin where Wayne  Whelan was shot a number of times while in his car.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos.

The scene at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin where Wayne Whelan was shot a number of times while in his car.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos.

 

A Dublin man who has admitted to conspiring to murder gangland criminal Wayne Whelan may have his name published following a ruling from the Central Criminal Court.

Cailean Crawford (25), of Clifden Terrace, Ballyfermot admitted to conspiring with others to murder Whelan at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, Co Dublin between May 15th and November 15th, 2019.

He had pleaded guilty along with his co-accused when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court on Monday, but a legal issue arose in relation to publishing his name.

His barrister, John Fitzgerald SC, said his client has a trial date fixed for June 2022 in another matter and made an application for reporting restrictions in relation to this plea.

However, Justice Michael White ruled on Thursday against the application, thus allowing him to be named. “I have great faith in the jury system,” he said.

Crawford was one of four men, who this week admitted involvement in a plan to kill Whelan.

Wayne Ryan, with an address at Lanna Aoibhann, St Michael’s Road in Longford pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Whelan (42) at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, on September 4th, 2019.

Darren Henderson (30), of Cleggan Avenue, Ballyfermot, and another man, who is not currently being named, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Crawford to murder him.

All four men were originally charged with the attempted murder of Whelan and were due to stand trial together on June 21st, but that date was vacated following their pleas.

Whelan, who survived the attack, was shot a number of times in his body, head and arms while he was sitting in his car in an estate in Lucan.

However, he was subsequently shot dead in a vehicle two months later, before it was set on fire with his remains inside at Mount Andrew Rise in Lucan on November 18th, 2019. He was identified using DNA analysis.

Whelan, from Rowlagh in Clondalkin in west Dublin, was well known to gardaí for his involvement in serious and organised crime for more than two decades.

Mr Justice White remanded the four men in custody until July 12, for a sentence hearing.