A LIMERICK city man who sustained more than 20 pellet wounds when he was shot outside his home before Christmas was jailed after he refused the offer of a suspended prison sentence
Sean Finnan, aged 27, who has an address at Byrne Avenue, Prospect pleaded guilty to possession of almost 400 Alprazolam tablets for the purpose of sale or supply on April 25, last.
Yesterday, Limerick Court was told the drugs, which had a street value of €680, were seized when gardai searched the defendant’s car and his then home at Catherine Street.
Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client - a father of two - has suffered with addiction problems in recent years and he said his actions were to fund his drug habit and were “not for his personal enrichment”.
Sergeant Donal Cronin said the defendant has 55 previous convictions - 11 of which relate to drugs offences.
Referring to the shooting incident outside Finnan’s home on December 12, last, Mr McCarthy said the “threat is ongoing” and that his client’s life is in a “great degree of turmoil”.
Finnan, who is a cousin former Republic of Ireland defender, Steve Finnan, sustained pellet wounds to his hand and upper body after two men shot at him while he was standing outside his home at around 9.30pm.
Finnan’s children were in the house at the time and the court heard he is under a “significant amount of stress and anxiety”.
He was treated at University Hospital, Limerick following but was discharged a number of hours later.
One man has been charged and is before the courts in relation to the shooting.
When asked what Finnan was doing to address his addiction problems, Mr McCarthy said his client was no longer engaging in drugs but that the “trigger factors were not being addressed”.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly imposed a nine month prison sentence after Finnan declined the offer of a suspended sentence.