A Donore resident who was convicted of attempted murder is set to launch an appeal.

Caolan Smyth (30) from Cuillean Court in the east Meath village was given a 20-year sentence earlier this year for the gun attack on Hutch associate James ‘Mago’ Gately. The victim was shot five times outside a filling station in north Dublin in May 2017 but miraculously survived. He was targeted by the Kinahan cartel who blame him for involvement in the 2016 Regency Hotel murder, a crime for which Gately hasn’t been arrested.

 

Mr. Justice Tony Hunt said Smyth showed proficiency in the use of the weapon and a striking feature of the case was that the shooting took place on a sunny afternoon in a suburban garage.

He was jailed for 20 years and, as he was being led away, Smyth told his family members sitting in court: “Five World Cups, and I’ll be out”.

However, Smyth is now hoping to be released much sooner after challenging his conviction for attempted murder and his case is expected to be heard in March by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Smyth’s accomplice, Gary McAreavey (54) of Gort Nua, Castlebellingham, Co Louth, has also lodged a conviction appeal which will be heard on the same date. He is serving a three-year sentence having been convicted of acting to impede an apprehension or prosecution by purchasing petrol used to burn out the getaway car. The case against the two men relied on CCTV footage and mobile phone data which is expected to be among the grounds of appeal.