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Kinahan ‘gang leader’ Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh denies firearms offences as he appears at the Old Bailey via video-link from HMP Belmarsh


  • Kavanagh, 55, and two associates have denied plotting to acquire firearms and ammunition

The alleged Kinahan ‘gang leader’ has denied firearms offences, appearing at the Old Bailey via video-link. 

Known as Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, the 55-year-old and two associates have denied plotting to acquire firearms and ammunition.

After an investigation by the National Crime Agency – dubbed as Britain’s FBI – Kavanagh was arrested along with Shaun Kent, 37, and 36-year-old Daniel McLoughlin.

The Irish national’s brother-in-law Liam Byrne, 42, also appeared at the Old Bailey after being extradited to the UK from Spain. He was arrested as he holidayed in Majorca.

Known as Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh (pictured), the 55-year-old and two associates have denied plotting to acquire firearms and ammunition

Known as Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh (pictured), the 55-year-old and two associates have denied plotting to acquire firearms and ammunition

Kavanagh and Byrne, both from Dublin, appeared over video-link on Friday from maximum security HMP Belmarsh, McLoughlin from HMP Altcourse in Liverpool and Kent from HMP Forest Bank in Manchester.

Three of the men – Kavanagh, Kent and Byrne – denied being part of a conspiracy to acquire guns and ammunition, between January 2020 and June 2021.

Kavanagh also denied conspiracy to possess a firearms without a certificate, conspiracy to possess ammunition without a certificate, conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, conspiracy to possess prohibited ammunition, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Kent denied conspiracy to possess a firearm without a certificate, conspiracy to possession ammunition without a certificate, conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, and conspiracy to possess prohibited ammunition and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Byrne denied conspiracy to possess a firearm without a certificate, conspiracy to possess ammunition without a certificate, conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, and conspiracy to possess prohibited ammunition

He also denies conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited firearms and ammunition, and one count of possessing an offensive weapon.

McLoughlin earlier pleaded not guilty to being part of the conspiracy.

Kavanagh and Byrne, both from Dublin, appeared at the Old Bailey (pictured) over video-link on Friday from maximum security HMP Belmarsh, McLoughlin from HMP Altcourse in Liverpool and Kent from HMP Forest Bank in Manchester

Kavanagh and Byrne, both from Dublin, appeared at the Old Bailey (pictured) over video-link on Friday from maximum security HMP Belmarsh, McLoughlin from HMP Altcourse in Liverpool and Kent from HMP Forest Bank in Manchester

The offences are alleged to have taken place between January 2020 and June 2021.

Prosecutor Max Baines said the charges are in relation to two firearms conspiracies.

The conspiracy to pervert the course of justice charge against Kent alleges he conspired with Byrne and others to do a series of acts to come into possession of firearms ‘and thereafter to hide them and then reveal their whereabouts to the NCA to enable Thomas Kavanagh to receive a lesser sentence’.

All four defendants are due to face trial on September 2, 2024. It is expected to last four to six weeks.



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