Limerick shooting victim says his life has been turned “upside down”

A LIMERICK man who was shot in the head more than two years ago has described how his life has dramtaically changed since the incident.

A LIMERICK man who was shot in the head more than two years ago has described how his life has dramtaically changed since the incident.

IN a victim impact statement, which was read at the Central Criminal Court today, 22-year-old Daniel Phillips said his life was “brilliant” before he was shot while driving a car at John’s Square on May 22, 2010.

Earlier this month, Shane Mason, aged 30, of Sean Heuston Place was convicted of his attempted murder following a two week trial.

Mason was also convicted of “intentionally or recklessly” causing serious harm to the then 20-year-old and to possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life on the same date.

During the trial, the jury at the Central Criminal Court 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.

In his victim impact statement, Daniel Phillips said he does not remember being shot but that it has “changed my whole life”. He said he continues to suffers seizures and that he cannot drink alcohol or play sports.

Mr Justice Garret Sheehan adjourned sentencing until October 9, next indicating that he is likely to impose a lengthy prison sentence.