Limerick gunman may get shorter sentence

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A JUDGE has indicated that a Limerick city man who shot another man in the head two years ago may receive a shorter sentence if he achieves certain educational tariffs.

A JUDGE has indicated that a Limerick city man who shot another man in the head two years ago may receive a shorter sentence if he achieves certain educational tariffs.

In July, Shane Mason, aged 30, of Sean Heuston Place, was convicted of attempting to murder Daniel Phillips on May 24, 2010.

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.

During the four-week trial, the jury at the Central Criminal Court heard 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.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Garret Sheehan was told that since his conviction, Mr Mason has been diagnosed with epilepsy but that a full medical report was not available to the court.

The judge noted that Mason has co-operated with an educational psychologist over the last few months and that he has been deemed suitable to participate in certain educational courses in prison.

Mr Justice Sheehan indicated that he may suspend a portion of Mason’s sentence on condition that he achieves “certain educational tariffs” such as completing the Junior Certificate.

The judge said that he was considering such an option as courts are obliged to consider imposing rehabilitative measures where appropriate.

Sentencing in the case was adjourned until Friday, October 26.