Monday 23 October 2017

Man who gave shotgun to friend to ‘defend himself from partner’s ex’ avoids jail

Jessica Magee

A man who gave another man a shotgun to defend himself from his partner’s ex has escaped jail at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Peter Little (34) of Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght pleaded guilty to possession of a pump action shotgun and four shotgun cartridges on a date in November 2002 at Scholars Public House, Firhouse, Dublin 24.

His co-accused Patrick Harrison (36) of Cushlawn Walk, Tallaght,  was jailed for four years in 2004 after he pleaded guilty to possession of a shot gun and ammunition.

Judge Patrica Ryan sentenced Little to three years in jail, but suspended the entire sentence.

Sergeant Ronan Waldron told prosecuting counsel Kerida Naidoo BL that Little was asked by Harrison to get him a gun because he was in a dispute with his girlfriend’s ex.

Little wanted the gun returned to him because he heard Harrison had discharged it by accident.

Harrison was on the way to return the gun to Little when he was intercepted by gardai on November 22, 2002.

Sgt Waldron agreed with Gerry O’ Brien SC defending that Harrison feared for his safety and told Little that if he ended up in hospital it would be his client’s fault.

He also agreed he presented himself for questioning at Tallaght Garda Station and was remorseful.

The court heard Little has a number of previous convictions in Ireland and in Lanzarote for offences including road traffic offences, burglary and shoplifting.

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