THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is likely to appeal the ‘undue leniency’ of the sentence imposed on a man who admitted his role in a “barbaric” home invasion in County Limerick more than two years ago.
Last week, William Gammell, aged 29, of An Cuirt, Monard, County Tipperary walked free from Limerick Circuit Court after he received a suspended prison sentence.
He had pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary at the rural home of the Creed family at Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen on May 31, 2012.
During a sentencing hearing Judge Carroll Moran was told William Creed (74), Chrissie Creed (72) and Nora Creed (66) were assaulted, tied up and locked in a room by two men who entered their home at around 10pm.
While Gammell did not enter the house, he collected the raiders in the Cappawhite area beforehand and dropped them off near the rural farmhouse before picking them up again after the burglary.
It has since emerged that he is related to the Creed family, through marriage, and was a regular visitor to the rural farmhouse prior to the incident.
Imposing a five-year suspended sentence, Judge Moran said he accepted that without Gammell’s admissions there would not have been a case against him and he said he was taking into account his previous good record, his guilty plea, and evidence that he was threatened as a result of his cooperation with the garda investigation.
One of the victims, Willie Creed, said he was shocked at the leniency of the sentence imposed.
He said he continues to feel sick and suffer sleepless nights as a result of what happened. “I only close the eyes at night but you are still basically not asleep,” he said adding that he has to take sleeping tablets to get a good night’s sleep.
Meanwhile, Tommy Creed, a brother of the three victims, says he was surprised at the sentence handed down.
“I am flabbergasted at how that could happen. He was the main culprit either way,” he said.
While no formal decision has been made yet, legal sources say it is likely the DPP will appeal the ‘undue leniency’ of the sentence.