Sunday 25 February 2018

'Might as well have appeared in Love/Hate script' - man jailed for attempted murder of friend withdraws appeal

Patrick McCann - sentenced to 20 years for attempted muirder of Luke Wilson
Patrick McCann - sentenced to 20 years for attempted muirder of Luke Wilson

Ruaidhrí Giblin

A Dublin man given a 20-year sentence for the attempted murder of his lifelong friend, in a case that "might as well have appeared in the Love/Hate script", has withdrawn his appeal against sentence shortly before it was due to be heard.

Patrick McCann (24) of Decies Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Luke Wilson (19) at Liffey Gaels, GAA club, Memorial Park, Inchicore on January 13, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on the same occasion.

The Central Criminal Court heard the two men met up in The Memorial Park in Inchicore over a firearm, which the court heard was not the subject of this case.

The court heard that Mr Wilson was shot in the arm, neck and face but escaped injury because the gun jammed twice and McCann ran off.

In sentencing Mr Justice Paul Carney said the case “might as well have appeared in the Love/Hate script”.

“I have a priority here that not everyone may agree with,” said Mr Justice Carney.

“Last weekend over one million people tuned into the last episode of Love/Hate and the following morning something which might as well have appeared in the Love/Hate script was poured out in a sentencing hearing in this court,” he said.

Luke Wilson
Luke Wilson

“It is not going to go out from here that figures in gangland can have an assassination carried out by preying on somebody vulnerable in the expectation that if the enterprise fails there will be great leniency extended on account of that person’s vulnerability,” he added.

Mr Justice Carney handed down a 20-year sentence and suspended the final three years of it.

He said that McCann’s background of dependence on drink and drugs since the age of 12 and that he came from a dysfunctional family afforded little or no defence.

McCann was due to appeal against the severity of his sentence today.

However, at the call over of cases in the three-judge Court of Appeal, Mr Justice George Birmingham remarked that McCann should be aware of the full range of powers available to the court.

Mr Justice Birmingham said it appeared that a sentence that ought to have been made consecutive by statute, wasn't made consecutive.

After taking instructions, barrister Keith Spencer, for McCann, said his client wished to withdraw his appeal.

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