Limerick gunman jailed for 16 years for attempted murder

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A THIRTY year old Limerick man who shot another man in the head at John’s Square two years ago has been jailed for 16 years.

A THIRTY year old Limerick man who shot another man in the head at John’s Square two years ago has been jailed for 16 years.

Shane Mason, aged 30, of Sean Heuston Place was convicted earlier this year of attempting to murder 22 year old Daniel Phillips on May 24, 2010.

Mason was also convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of “intentionally or recklessly” causing serious harm to the then 22-year-old and to possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same date.

During the trial, the jury heard that Daniel Phillips was critically injured when he was shot a number of times as he was driving a black Volkswagen Passat through John’s Square at around 9.30pm.

He spent almost a month in a coma but has gone onto to make what has been described by doctors as a “remarkable” recovery.

However in his victim impact statement, Mr Phillips said the incident had “turned my whole life upside down” as he is unable to live independently.

He described how he had enjoyed a “brilliant life” before being shot but that he can no longer play sport or work as a result of his injuries.

Imposing sentence this afternoon, Mr Justice Garret Sheahan said there were no mitigating factors in the case of Mr mason who has 179 previous convictions.

He sentenced him to 17 years imprisonment with the final year suspended on condition that he participates in educational courses up to leaving cert level.

Mason’s mother cried at the back of the court as the sentence was handed down.