Gangster Dean Russell finally hands over his home to CAB after a legal battle

Gangster Dean Russell has finally handed over his family home after a decade-long battle with the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

Earlier this year, he faced jail time for failing to move out of the four-bed family home he bought with the proceeds of crime in 1995.

Russell had told the CAB he was leaving in June but then postponed it until October 1, prompting the bureau to go back to the Supreme Court for an order to take possession of the house.

In the end, the keys were handed over earlier this month, giving CAB control of the house in Riverside Park in Clonshaugh, North Dublin.

It ends the marathon legal battle that began in 2011, in which Russell defended himself in most of the High Court hearings.

He lost an appeal in 2020 to overturn the original €400,000 CAB judgment against him and was then denied permission to take his case to the Supreme Court.

During his appeals process, which focused on his Clonshaugh home, which he originally bought for €53,000, Russell said it is still the home of his family, including four adults.

The case first came to court in 2011 and in 2014 a senior CAB official told the High Court that Russell had 12 criminal records, including one in connection with a post office robbery in 1991.

The original case also included an apartment in Santry, Dublin and another in Malaga, Spain.

During the case, the court was given details of Russell’s criminal connections, including how the convicted robber was the target of two assassination attempts and linked to gang feuds in Coolock and north inner Dublin.

According to a CAB officer, he associated with known criminals and was involved in gangland feuds in Coolock and the north inner city.

After assessing all of his finances, CAB said that 61 percent of the approximately €356,000 deposited in his various accounts came from unknown sources.

Cash payments were made to his credit card by an unknown source, including IR£13,500 in 1998 and €10,000 in 2009.

No credible evidence has been presented in relation to the window cleaning, taxi or furniture businesses he allegedly ran.

Russell had claimed he had paid the mortgage on his house in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, with the proceeds of his own work.

He denied being a “big criminal” and said he’s worked his whole life, including cleaning windows, selling furniture and running a taxi business.

The judge, who ruled in favor of CAB, said Russell had access to “very substantial amounts of money … far in excess of the funds generated by legitimate activities in which he was involved”.

Dean Russell’s life was saved by armed gardaí in May 2015 when felons Paul Zambra and Anthony “The Giant” Callaghan were caught on their way to kill him.

Russell’s murdered brother Anthony was a close associate of pedophile crime boss Christy Griffin and deeply involved in the deadly inner-city feud up north.

Russell said in 2015 that people get the impression he’s a “multi-millionaire gangster,” but that’s not the case.

“The houses are all repossessed except for the family home where I have lived for 20 years. I’ve been involved with CAB, but that’s over the years.”

Gardaí had previously foiled another attempt on Russell’s life in January 2009. Gangster Dean Russell finally hands over his home to CAB after a legal battle

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