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Friday 29 August 2014

Steve Finnan’s cousin sleeping rough as he fears for life

Published 16/01/2014 | 07:13

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Former Liverpool star Steve Finnan, inset his cousin Sean Finnan
Soccer - Steve Finnan...File photo dated 24/02/2007 of Steve Finnan. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Monday September 1, 2008. Liverpool full-back Steve Finnan has signed for Spanish side Espanyol on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. See PA story SOCCER Finnan. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Steve Finnan
Sean Finnan, cousin of Steve Finnan

A COUSIN of former Liverpool soccer star Steve Finnan is wearing a bulletproof vest every day amid fears for his life after he was shot.

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Sean Finnan (27) says he has nowhere to live as he fears his home, girlfriend and young daughter will be targeted if he moves back to the Limerick city house where he was shot on December 12.

He was standing outside his home when he received 25 pellet wounds to the chest and was rushed to hospital.

Ian Horgan, (29) with an address at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, has been charged with possession of a shotgun at Mr Finnan’s home with the intention of causing him serious injury.

It is understood the Limerick Homeless Centre tried to find Sean Finnan a place to stay in hostels as far afield as Ennis and Cork, but he was refused and he is now sleeping rough.

Finnan said: “I had to leave my girlfriend for her protection and my child’s protection.

“She would have been targeted, the house would have been targeted. Basically, I have nowhere to turn to.

“I have been left homeless. This has never happened to me before.”

CONVICTIONS

In 2012, Finnan was stopped and searched on Cecil Street, Limerick, by drugs squad officers who discovered a quantity of drugs worth €150.

Finnan pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs and was subsequently jailed for two months. Limerick District |Court heard he had a number|of previous convictions mainly associated with drugs |offences.

Finnan said he was sleeping in fields on the south side of Limerick city.

Finnan said: “I have never been through anything like this. I cannot take it any more.

“Wherever I go, everyone is putting me down.”

By Barry Duggan

Irish Independent

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