Tuesday 24 April 2018

Finglas father jailed after trying to prevent Gardai from chasing man

Fiona Ferguson

A Finglas father of two who tried to prevent gardai chasing a man to whom he had just handed over a firearm has been given a six year sentence.

Kenneth Williams (29) of Barry Avenue pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the firearm at Mellows Park, Finglas on December 11, 2009.

Williams has 106 previous convictions including a previous offence under the firearms act.

Garda Conor Scully told Damien Colgan BL, prosecuting, that he was on patrol with a colleague when he noticed Williams in an area known locally as Charles Lane.

He saw Williams hand a gun, which was partially concealed in a white sock, over to a second man.

Gda Scully said Williams saw him coming and the second man made good his escape while Williams prevented gardai chasing the man by throwing a bicycle at them.

Gardai later recovered the revolver, along with six cartridges which were also in the sock, from the driveway of a nearby house where it had been thrown.

Mr Peter Finlay SC, defending, told Judge Margaret Heneghan that Williams had little formal education and had “fallen through all the cracks.” He said Williams had been a serious drug abuser but had remained drug free since 2009 and it was his intention to remain so.

He submitted the firearm was not discharged or pointed at anyone.

He said Williams had received significant injuries at the hands of “persons unknown” in case of mistaken identity about six years ago and suffered serious trauma as a result.

Judge Heneghan noted that there was a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment applicable in this case and after considering all the circumstances imposed a six year sentence.

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