A FORMER associate of the Keane-Collopy gang has received a suspended prison sentence for possession of a loaded firearm.
Limerick Circuit Court heard that Christopher Mulqueen, 21, formerly residing at St Munchinâ€™s Court, St Maryâ€™s Park, was charged with possession of a pump-action semi-automatic shotgun and ammunition on the Greenhills Road, Garryowen on October 5, 2008.
The court heard the gang believed they were about to be attacked by the Dundon-McCarthy gang in their stronghold, and feared that threat was â€œimminentâ€.
However, Sergeant Cathal Oâ€™Neill told the court that Mr Mulqueen was not â€œan integrated member of the gangâ€, â€œis not a serious criminal, and never wasâ€ and has since distanced himself from criminality.
Nor did he bring the gun to the scene, he added.
â€œUnfortunately when the music stopped, Mr Mulqueen was the man holding the gun,â€ said Sgt Oâ€™Neill.
A co-accused in the case, who has a greater degree of culpability, has since absconded, Judge Carroll Moran said, and Mr Mulqueen took the â€œfull blameâ€ for the incident.
â€œI donâ€™t want no one else involved. Iâ€™ll take the blame for this myself,â€ he told gardai during interviews.
Judge Moran imposed a three year sentence, which he suspended for three years.