WHACKY; Mob boss murder bid may be ruse for thug to move back into home.
Byline: CATHAL McMAHON Crime Reporter EXCLUSIVE
A MOB boss is suspected of staging a bogus hit on himself in a bizarre bid to move back home.
Gardai in Clondalkin, West Dublin, were called on Saturday night after a gunman allegedly approached the mobster near his house.
The thug, suspected of ordering the gangland murder of Benny Whitehouse last September, told officers the hitman's gun jammed twice during the incident.
But when detectives went to the scene at Commons Road shortly before 9pm they soon found discrepancies in his version of events.
It is now believed the criminal, who is before the courts on serious charges, recruited a pal to "stage" the hit.
A senior source explained the mobster has been ordered by the courts to live at an address in West Dublin and obey a curfew. However, he has been trying to return to another address in north county Dublin.
The source said: "He wants to move back to be around his people but the bail conditions mean he must be at this house in Clondalkin.
"Gardai suspect this man thought staging a hit on himself would lead to a change in his bail conditions.
However, it is claimed senior officers have seen through his plot. The Irish Mirror has learned the drama unfolded shortly before 9pm on Saturday when the mobster was returning to his home after signing at a local Garda station as a condition of his bail.
Detectives are probing if the same gunman who killed Benny Whitehouse last September staged this latest bogus attack.
His boss, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been involved in a long-running feud with the Whitehouse family.
Mr Whitehouse, 36, was gunned down just seconds after dropping his six-year-old daughter to school in Balbriggan, North Dublin.
His partner Natasha White was shot in the leg by the gunman as she sat by him in a car.
Mr Whitehouse's family said they are living in fear of the mob boss who staged the hit.
A relative claimed the row began when one of Benny's brothers saw the mobster's gang breaking up a house and reported it to gardai in September 2012.