The friend of a gangland criminal who lured him to his death and subsequently sympathised with his family have been jailed for seven years.

Wayne Whelan was shot dead in a car which was then set on fire in Lucan in Dublin in November 2019.

25-year-old Anthony Casserly from Rowlagh Park in Clondalkin admitted with knowledge of a criminal organisation to participating in the murder.

42-year-old Wayne Whelan was a notorious west Dublin drug dealer and gangland criminal who had survived several attempts on his life, including one in September 2019 - when he was shot in the head, arms and body as he was sitting in his car in Lucan.

He later posted this picture of himself recovering in hospital from his injuries.

Whelan therefore knew his life was in danger and was on his guard.

However, on 18 November, 2019 he was shot dead at Mount Andrew Rise in Lucan.

His close friend Anthony Casserly who grew up down the road from him, lured his friend to his death by inviting him out to watch an Ireland match with him in the pub.

When Whelan got into the car he was shot at least three times in the back of the head by a gunman in the back of the car.

The car was later found burned out and it was two days before Whelan was identified as the murder victim.

Anthony Casserly knew what he was going to do two days before the murder.

He WhatsApped another person saying he was "in a very bad place" and he "would read all about it in the future".

"I had no choice, it will click with you when done.

"I'm sick of it. I'll end up doing life."

Wayne Whelan's sister said the sickening part of the crime was the fact that her brother trusted Anthony Casserly and that after he had lured his friend to his death, he went to the Whelan family home to comfort them.

Two days before Whelan was identified Casserly suggested to another friend they go buy funeral clothes.

Mr Justice David Keane sentenced him to nine years in prison with the final two years suspended.