Man jailed after gun rampage
A Dublin man who went on a cocaine-fuelled driving rampage armed with a sub-machine gun has been jailed for nine years.
Joseph Rafferty (38) seized multiple vehicles from their owners at gunpoint and led gardaí on a dangerous high-speed chase because he believed his wife was having an affair, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.
His crimes over the eight-hour spree included false imprisonment, aggravated burglary, threats with a machine gun and reckless endangerment. The area he covered from start to finish was 45km.
Chief Superintendent Brian Sutton revealed that 50 gardaí were deployed in Rafferty's pursuit throughout the day.
Judge Martin Nolan said it was an "incredible litany of frightening crimes". He noted "thankfully" nobody was seriously injured, apart from a head laceration one man sustained.
Rafferty, of Brookview Lawns, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and assaulting the homeowner on October 10, 2017, as well as a series of other charges.