Limerick Love/Hate fan jailed for firearms offences

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Sam O'Flaherty was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Picture: Press 22
A LIMERICK man who admitted watching an episode of Love/Hate in order to learn how to clean a Glock pistol was jailed for two years.

A LIMERICK man who admitted watching an episode of Love/Hate in order to learn how to clean a Glock pistol was jailed for two years.

Sammy O’Flaherty, 39, pleaded guilty to firearms and drugs charges relating to a search of his home at Henry Street on October 27, 2012.

During a sentencing hearing last month, Limerick Circuit Court heard that a box-set of the RTÉ crime drama was found during a search of the apartment.

A Glock pistol and 16 rounds of ammunition were also found along with quantities of cocaine and cannabis worth around €300.

Det Garda David Baynham told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, there was a strong smell of cannabis when gardai entered the flat at around 11pm.

Mr O’Flaherty’s 35-year-old brother, Peter, was sitting on the couch with another male watching a laptop computer. On the coffee table in front of the pair were quantities of cocaine and cannabis and a digital scales as well as a Love/Hate DVD case.

Gardai then found a Glock pistol, with 13 rounds in the magazine, in a drawer under the TV.

Another three bullets were found in “a cauldron” under the coffee table.

Judge Carroll Moran was told that Sam O’Flaherty had agreed to hold the gun for a criminal gang in order to reduce his own drug debt.

During interviews with gardai, he admitted watching the RTÉ crime drama and online videos in order to learn how to properly strip down, clean and reassemble the pistol.

Peter O’Flaherty, of College Avenue, Moyross also pleaded guilty to firearms and drugs charges but it was accepted that he was less culpable than his brother.

Imposing sentence, Judge Carroll Moran noted that both men had made admissions and had pleaded guilty to the charges.

He said possession of a gun was was an aggravating factor in the case which, he noted, has received considerable media attention.

He sentenced both men to four years imprisonment, suspending the entirety of Peter O’Flaherty’s sentence and the second half of his brother Sam O’Flaherty’s.