Suspended sentence for former Collopy gang member

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A FORMER associate of the Keane-Collopy gang has received a suspended prison sentence for possession of a loaded firearm.

A FORMER associate of the Keane-Collopy gang has received a suspended prison sentence for possession of a loaded firearm.

Limerick Circuit Court heard that Christopher Mulqueen, 21, formerly residing at St Munchin’s Court, St Mary’s Park, was charged with possession of a pump-action semi-automatic shotgun and ammunition on the Greenhills Road, Garryowen on October 5, 2008.

The court heard the gang believed they were about to be attacked by the Dundon-McCarthy gang in their stronghold, and feared that threat was “imminent”.

However, Sergeant Cathal O’Neill told the court that Mr Mulqueen was not “an integrated member of the gang”, “is not a serious criminal, and never was” and has since distanced himself from criminality.

Nor did he bring the gun to the scene, he added.

“Unfortunately when the music stopped, Mr Mulqueen was the man holding the gun,” said Sgt O’Neill.

A co-accused in the case, who has a greater degree of culpability, has since absconded, Judge Carroll Moran said, and Mr Mulqueen took the “full blame” for the incident.

“I don’t want no one else involved. I’ll take the blame for this myself,” he told gardai during interviews.

Judge Moran imposed a three year sentence, which he suspended for three years.