'Important' member of gang jailed over loaded gun
An "important and trusted member" of an organised crime gang who was arrested with a loaded gun in Dublin's north inner city has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for seven and a half years.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt said yesterday the Dublin man's conduct had been "clearly intended" to evade gardaí and he had "previous form".
"Actual harm was only prevented due to the timely intervention of gardaí," remarked the judge.
The three-judge court has previously heard the defendant was under surveillance as he cycled along the banks of the Royal Canal, carrying a revolver under his arm which was wrapped in a plastic bag.
Paul Beatty (32), with an address at Eugene Street, Dublin 8 admitted last December to unlawful possession of a .38 special calibre Smith & Wesson revolver at Charlemont Parade, Dublin 3 on June 2, 2018.
Beatty has 71 previous convictions which include endangerment, possession of drugs and dangerous driving.