A DONEGAL man is among three men who have been found guilty today of conspiring to murder former terrorist boss Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair.
Antoin Duffy was also convicted of plotting to kill Ulster Defence Association leading figure Sam ‘Skelly’ McCrory, one of Adair’s closest allies.
Duffy’s cousin Martin Hughes and Paul Sands were also convicted over the same double murder plot.
Two other men – Craig Convery and Gordon Brown – were found guilty of being involved in organised crime.
The guilty verdicts were delivered at the High Court in Glasgow following a nine-week trial.
Duffy was described in court as the “driving force” behind the double murder plan.
He initially planned the murder bid operations from his cell in Castle Huntly open prison in Scotland.
During a secret bugging operation, Duffy boasted to his girlfriend: “I’m trying to get a war started and get as many guns and explosives as I can.”
On the attack on McCrory, he is heard on tape saying: “We’ll just drive up to him and….blast him in his car.”
It was claimed during the trial the Duffy boasted that he was a member of the Real IRA.
The plot was uncovered during a covert MI5 undercover surveillance operation.
Duffy and Gorman were also accused of planning the murder of former Barlinnie Prison governor Derek McGill with a car bomb.
The four men denied all the charges.
They also denied a charge of joining others with the “intention of committing acts of terrorism”.
Prosecutors said Duffy, 38, Hughes, 35, Sands, 31, and Gorman, 57, along with unnamed individuals, plotted to kill Adair and McCrory between August 2010 and October last year.
Locations where the plans were allegedly discussed included high-security HMP Shotts and a flat in Old Castle Road in Glasgow’s Shawlands.
It is claimed “surveillance and reconnaissance” was carried out on Mr Adair and Mr McCrory.
The charges includes accusations there were plans “of where and by what means” each man “was to be murdered”.
Three other men, Craig Convery, Gary Convery and Gordon Brown faced charges concerned with the alleged conspiracies. Theyalso pleaded not guilty.
Adair – the former leader of the Ulster Freedom Fighters terror group which killed Donegal Sinn Fein councillor Eddie Fullerton in the 1990s -was warned about the plot by police after he stepped off a plan in Glasgow.
He had just returned from a holiday in Spain where he was celebrating his 50th birthday with close family and friends.
In 2010, Anton Duffy was jailed for five years for firearms offences.
He had been in a busy Glasgow nightclub with a revolver and live ammunition inside his jacket.
He produced the gun during a scuffle with nightclub bouncers and was subsequently arrested and charged.