Thursday 22 February 2018

Cocaine in duvets man appeals severity of sentence

Tim Healy

A MAN has appealed the severity of an eight year sentence he received for his part in transporting blocks of cocaine stuffed inside duvets from England to Ireland.

David Timmons (29) Chapel Gate, Balbriggan, Dublin, claims the sentence he received for possession of the drug for supply  was excessive compared to those given to three co-accused.

His trial heard 8.35 kg of cocaine in nine blocks, with an estimated street value of more than €500,000, was found inside the duvets contained in a truck which had come from Manchester and was stopped by gardai at Station Road, Lusk,  Dublin, on September 14, 2006.

Three other men arrested on the same day received sentences of five and four years, the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) was told today.

Brian Thompson (53) of Silverwell Road, Croxteth, Liverpool, and  John Gossan (32) of Castlegrange Hill, Swords, Dublin pleaded guilty and received five and four years respectively.

Imran Ramzan (35) Polygon Road, Manchester, pleaded not guilty and was given four years after his trial heard there were mitigating circumstances because he had received a head injury previously in a road accident.

Counsel for Timmons told the CCA it was their case that the trial judge had erred in not properly assessing the discounted sentences which had been given to the co-accused.

The DPP opposed the appeal.

The three-judge CCA reserved its decision.

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