Saturday 21 October 2017

Man jailed for role in 'savage attack' on gangster's brother

Declan Brennan and Tom Brady

A man has been jailed for taking part in a "savage attack" on the brother of Dublin gang boss Freddie Thompson.

A court heard yesterday that Richie Thompson and his partner, Catherine, were targeted after a chance meeting with members of a "rival" group.

Portlaoise resident Kenneth Roche (22) was jailed for nine months after he was identified as one of a group of men who punched and kicked Mr Thompson as he lay on the ground.

The attack began when another man smashed a glass into the victim's face.

Roche, formerly of Abbotstown Avenue, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at the Karma Stone pub, Wexford Street, Dublin on March 13, 2011.

His co-accused, Kristle Nolan (28), of Lorcan O'Toole Park, Kimmage, Dublin, pleaded guilty to the same charge and received a sentence of nine months, suspended for three years.

Judge Patrick McCartan said he would have jailed her but for the fact that she'd never been in trouble before and had no previous convictions.

Her sister, Danielle Nolan (22), of The Oaks, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, pleaded guilty to the less serious charge of affray.

She has one previous conviction and also received a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for three years.

Mr Thompson and his partner were identified in court only as "Richie" and "Catherine".

Garda Ciaran Byrne told the judge that the attack took place when two rival groups met by chance on the night.

He said the background to the attack was an on-going feud between two criminal gangs which had resulted in a large number of attacks.

The garda told Kerida Naidoo, prosecuting, that a doorman said the victim was attacked at the doorway to the pub.

One attacker smashed a glass into Mr Thompson's face and he fell to the floor. Two other men joined in and all three began "laying into" the victim.

The court heard that the men were pushing over each other to get at the victim in what the witness described as a "savage attack".

Another group came from inside the bar to help Mr Thompson and up to 10 people were eventually involved in the "melee".

In imposing the custodial sentence on Roche, Judge McCartan said he needed to send out a message to anyone else who might be inclined to get involved in similar activity.

Irish Independent

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