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Saturday 19 April 2014

Killer's brother also jailed for having gun

Donnacha Collins, Kilnamona, Grenagh has been jailed for firearms offences. Photo: Cork Courts Limited

A 25 year old Mid-Corkman has been jailed for firearms offences following a shooting which last year led to his older brother being jailed for life for the murder a father of five near Blarney.

A 25 year old Mid-Corkman has been jailed for firearms offences following a shooting which last year led to his older brother being jailed for life for the murder a father of five near Blarney.

Donnacha Collins from Kilmona, Grenagh, was sentenced to two years in jail by Judge Sean O Donnabhain at Cork Circuit Criminal Court for the firearms offences following the killing of father of five Pakie Hogan.

Collins pleaded guilty last week to possession of a .22 inch Hornet calibre Rhoner rifle and possession of nine rolls of .22 inch Hornet calibre rounds at Glen Road, Ballinaraha, Blarney on 10 February 2011.

Collins's older brother, Michael was convicted last November of murdering Mr Hogan on the same occasion and he is currently serving a life sentence for the offence.

Last week, Det Sgt Denis Lynch told Judge O Donnabhain at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that Donnacha Collins placed the rifle ammunition in the van and that his brother later used these to fatally wound Mr Hogan.

Donnacha Collins had seen the gun in his brother's house and had tried to get him to put it away but instead ended up putting it into the van from where his brother retrieved it and used it in the killing, said Det Sgt Lynch.

Defence barrister, Donal O'Sullivan BL said Donnacha Collins tried to talk his brother out of scaring Mr Hogan but then went along with it but he had no other intention than scaring Mr Hogan.

"The underlying factor in this case is that the gun was possessed by the accused in circumstances where he knew the gun was going to be used to frighten another person – an unlawful purpose at every level," said Judge O Donnabhain as he jailed Donnacha Collins for two years.

During Michael Collins's separate murder trial, evidence was given how Mr Hogan and a friend Patrick O'Brien were ambushed on the Glen Road.

Their passage was blocked by a VW Golf and when they stopped, Michael Collins, wearing a balaclava, got out and fired a shot through the driver's window into Mr Hogan's car.

Witness Patrick O'Brien told Michael Collins's murder trial that Mr Hogan was wounded in the chest but tried to get the van back into gear to reverse away from the ambush but he couldn't do so.

Mr O'Brien said Mr Hogan told him to get help so he got out the van and went back the road and rang 999 and although he was connected, the operator couldn't hear him clearly.

He said he saw Mr Hogan stumble out of the van but he was concerned that the gunman might fire at him so he waded across a river into a nearby field but the gunman spotted him and fired at him.

The gunman missed and moved away so he crossed the river again and found Mr Hogan who had managed to get out of the van, lying in the corner of a field.

Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis told the murder trial that Mr Hogan died from a single gunshot wound to the upper body area which pierced his right lung, leading to its collapse and bleeding into the chest cavity.

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