Son of Limerick gangland figure jailed for drugs offences

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Two men have been charged with falsely imprisoning a Limerick teenager
A SON of convicted murderer David ‘Frog Eyes’ Stanners was sentenced to six months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to drugs offences.

A SON of convicted murderer David ‘Frog Eyes’ Stanners was sentenced to six months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to drugs offences.

Anton Stanners, aged 24, of Delmege Park, Moyross admitted possession of a significant amount of heroin for the purpose of sale or supply.

Sergeant John Moloney told Limerick District Court when the defendant was approached by gardai while walking near his home at around 2.15pm on September 10, last he was observed throwing a package away.

He was subsequently arrested and the package recovered.

Judge Marie Keane was told the value of the heroin seized was around €600 and that Stanners, who has a number of previous convictions, made admissions when arrested.

Sgt Moloney said a number of his convictions are for drugs offences and that two are for trespass offences.

One of the convictions related to an incident last November when he attempted to smuggle 24 grams of cannabis herb into the Midlands Prison, where his father is currently serving a life sentence.

Earlier this year, Portlaoise District Court was told the drugs were found stuffed down his underpants when prison officers searched him on November 23, last.

After considering the contents of a probation report, Judge Catherine Staines placed the defendant on probation.

Anton Stanners is the son of David ‘Frog Eyes’ Stanners (44) who was a key member of the McCarthy/Dundon gang before he was jailed for life in December 2003 for the murder Kieran Keane in January of the same year.

After he entered his guilty plea, Solicitor Jenny Fitzgibbon said her client (Anton Stanners) continues to suffer from a drug addiction and is “finding things tough” and is not able to help himself.

She said her instructions were not to resist the imposition of a prison term as Stanners “needs time to reflect”.

Judge Keane said his record of offending was appalling and she sentenced him to six months imprisonment.

“I think he needs more than time to reflect,” she commented.