Who is Dave Courtney and is he married? | The Sun

FORMER gangster turned author and celebrity Dave Courtney is not one to shy away from his criminal past.

Here's everything you need to know about Dave Courtney.

Who is Dave Courtney?

David John Courtney, born on February 17, 1959, is an English self-proclaimed former gangster.

The ex-criminal swapped his life of crime to become a recognised author and celebrity.

Now recognised in the world of publishing, Courtney shares tales of his rugged past with readers – from being shot to having to kill in order to stay alive.

During his career, Courtney has published six books and starred in his own film, titled Hell To Pay.

He has also made his debut in the world of film and TV – largely making a living from television documentaries and appearing in a number of films.

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He has also claimed to have links with notorious gangsters such as Reggie Kray and Lenny McLean – and is best known for organising security at Kray's funeral in 1995.

However, former members of the Richardson gang, Bernard O'Mahoney and Frankie Fraser have accused Courtney of fabricating and embellishing his past criminal record – which Courtney has denied.

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Where is Dave Courtney from? 

Dave Courtney was born in Bermondsey, London.

He now lives in Plumstead, southeast London in a house known as Camelot Castle.

His house is decorated with a number of union flags, the cross of St George, a painted depiction of himself and a large knuckle duster.

Is Dave Courtney married? 

Dave Courtney's relationship status appears to be a topic he likes to keep quite private.

However, he has been married before – to Jennifer Lucrea Pinto who he met whilst she was working at a nightclub Courtney owned.

But their relationship hit the rocks in 2004, when Courtney was accused of beating his ex-wife Jennifer Lucrea Pinto, during a row over her then lesbian lover.

He was later cleared of all charges.

Has Dave Courtney been to prison?

Courtney has made claims over recent years that he has spent time in Belmarsh Prison as a high security prisoner.

These claims were backed up by ex-prison guard Jim Dawkins in his book The Loose Screw.

Courtney has also had a few close shaves when it comes to serving time – in 2009 the former gangster avoided jail time after being charged with two firearm offences.

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