A police informant warned his handlers that he had been hired for a contract killing and then went ahead with an attempt to assassinate a man with family links to the criminal underworld, a court heard yesterday.
An Old Bailey jury was told that police marksmen posing as gas workers lay in wait for Michael Boyle, 48, as he carried out the hit in south London.
Mr Boyle, from Dublin, had fired three bullets into Anthony Brindle, his intended victim, and was "intent on finishing him off" when two armed officers opened fire hitting him five times, said Nigel Sweeney, prosecuting. Both men survived. The shooting was part of a bloody feud between a south London family, the Brindles, and others with underworld connections, the jury was told. Mr Sweeney revealed that before coming to England, Mr Boyle had been working as an informant for the Garda in Dublin. He allegedly told the police of a plan to murder members of the Brindle family in London and admitted that he had been recruited to carry out one of the contract killings. He was warned by the Dublin police that he must distance himself from the hit and was told that they intended to inform the London police of the plot, the jury heard. Mr Boyle then turned "rogue informant" as far as the Dublin police were concerned and secretly returned to London, said Mr Sweeney. He denied attempting to murder Mr Brindle outside his home in Rotherhithe, south London, on 20 September last year. He has also denied possession of two high-powered handguns with intent to endanger life. …