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Friday 18 April 2014

Sentence appeal backfires on Glock man

A Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

A 33-year-old Nork Corkman has had his sentence for a firearms offence increased to nine years after the Court of Criminal Appeal decided that the sentence he had received from a circuit court judge in Cork was too lenient.

 

Martin Geasley, a native of Ballincollig but living at Radharc na Coille, Rathcoole, had pleaded guilty in July 2010 to possession of a loaded Glock semi-automatic pistol in his van at Barnagore, Ovens, on July 3, 2008.

Judge Patrick Moran imposed a seven year sentence on Geasley at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, observing in sentencing that he had to be cognisant of the horrific killings and murders which were being committed in Ireland as part of gang crime.

Supt John Quilter had told Judge Moran that the finding of the gun in the Cork area was a significant and worrying development as the Glock was the type of gun closely associated with gangland feuding and was used in organised crime.

"Superintendent Quilter has reminded me of what I read every day in the newspapers, the horrific killings and horrific murders in our society in what is called gang warfare," said Judge Moran as he sentenced Geasley to seven years

But, this week, Geasley appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeal against the severity of the seven year sentence imposed on him by Judge Moran, with his lawyers arguing it was too harsh a sentence.

However, the three judge appeal court, with Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman presiding, observed that Geasley's appeal was "audacious" and found that the seven year sentence imposed was unduly lenient and increased it to 10 years with 12 months suspended.

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