A FATHER-of-two who agreed to transport a firearm to repay a drugs debt says he plans to leave the country when he’s released from prison
Emmet Curley, aged 33, who has an address at Rinneanna View, Shannon pleaded guilty, at Limerick Circuit Court, to possession of an Italian-made sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun at Colbert Station on April 4, last.
During a sentencing hearing, Detective Garda Damien Kennedy said the defendant was arrested near the entrance to Colbert Station as he was about to board a bus to County Clare.
He said the weapon was found in a sports bag, which the defendant was carrying at the time.
Det Garda Kennedy told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that following his arrest Mr Curley told gardai he had been given the weapon a short time earlier by individuals he “couldn’t refuse” as he owed them money.
Judge Carroll Moran was told in 2009 Mr Curley received a lengthy prison sentence after he was convicted of transporting a large amount of cannabis in County Cork.
In his evidence, Mr Curley said shortly after being granted temporary release, he was contacted by criminal elements who threatened to kill his wife and children if he did not pay them back €20,000.
The defendant said he is currently living away from his family and they hope to move to Great Britain when he is released from prison.
Brendan Nix SC said his client had been used by “scum who operate the drugs business in Ireland” and he said he has no trappings of wealth.
Judge Moran indicated he will impose sentence later this week pending the clarification of certain legal matters.