TWO brothers of the deceased Limerick criminal Philip Collopy have each been sentenced to five years in prison after threatening to kill a former associate of their gang.
Damian and Kieran Collopy, of St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park, pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Willie Moran at his home in St Senan’s Street, St Mary’s Park, on April 14, 2010.
Limerick Circuit Court heard that the Collopy brothers alleged that Mr Moran owed up to €5,000 to their late brother Philip Collopy, who accidentally shot himself in the head in March 2009.
The debt, which was said to arise from “a matter concerning horses”, was disputed by Mr Moran.
”I hope you’re prepared to die then,” said Kieran Collopy, 35, before hitting Mr Moran in the jaw.
He then left the home of Mr Moran and his partner Margaret Hogan, before returning with his brother Damien, 21.
Their 10 year-old son was in the house at the time during this “volatile situation.”
The family have since moved out of their home and are now under 24-hour garda protection.
“Willie Moran and his partner took those threats and still take those threats seriously. Willie Moran believes they are capable of carrying out these threats either personally or by getting another party to do it,” said Judge Carroll Moran.
Both men have apologised, regret the incident and bear no ill towards Mr Moran, their defence said.
Judge Moran imposed an eight-year sentence, with the final three years suspended for eight years. They will be bound to the peace during that period, following their release from prison.
They have also been warned not to contact Mr Moran.
Earlier this year, brother Brian Collopy, 38, was sentenced to eight years in prison for intimidating Mr Moran as he was due to give evidence in this case against his brothers.