A PROSPECT man who fired two shots at a house while “out of his head, drunk” has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Kenneth Noonan, aged 27, of Hyde Villas pleaded guilty at to recklessly discharging a handgun outside a house at Linehan Avenue, Prospect in the early hours of July 29, 2011.
Det Garda Brian O’Connor, Roxboro, said the incident happened at around 2.30am when Noonan and another man approached the house.
One of the occupants, who was watching a movie in the sitting room at the time told gardai he saw a shadow outside and that he heard “two pops” which sounded like gunfire.
None of the occupants of the house, including two young children, were injured in the shooting.
Det Garda O’Connor told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that two bullet slugs were found at the scene and that damage was caused to the front door of the house and to an upstairs window of a neighbouring house.
Judge Carroll Moran was told the motive for the attack was a grievance the defendant had with an occupant of the house over a relationship with a “young lady”.
Mr O’Sullivan also pointed out that the incident was not linked “in any way” to feuding in Limerick.
Det Garda O’Connor said the shooting was caught on CCTV at the house but that the defendant could not be identified from the footage.
However, he was wearing distinctive clothing which matched clothing he was seen wearing on separate CCTV footage recorded at a pub in the city centre two hours earlier.
The court was told Noonan made admissions to gardai following his arrest and that he had apologised for his actions saying it was a stupid thing to do.
Andrew Sexton SC said his client - a father of two - regretted what he did and he said he had faced up to matters.
Imposing sentence Judge Moran commented that the possession of guns is a “threat to society” and that the discharging of firearms is even more serious.
He noted that Noonan has a large number of criminal convictions and he imposed a five year sentence, suspending the final two years.