Teenager dodges jail for murder probe offence
A teenager has walked free from court after receiving a suspended sentence for impeding the investigation into a murder committed by his two older brothers after the victim had shot at their home.
Ryan Bradley (18), of Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin, had carried out the offence after his brothers, Jason (20) and Dean (24), murdered Neill Reilly (36) at Esker Glebe, Lucan, on January 18 last year.
All three were charged with murder, along with their father, Paul Bradley (54), and the four went on trial at the Central Criminal Court earlier this year.
However, towards the end of the trial, Ryan Bradley was found not guilty by direction of the trial judge and pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation of a crime.
His father was acquitted by the jury and the other two accused were convicted. They are now serving life sentences. The trial heard that Jason Bradley had inflicted seven chop wounds with a sharp weapon on Mr Reilly before Dean Bradley drove over him.
The court heard Ryan Bradley had impeded the investigation by assisting his brother Dean in exchanging the car he had used to drive over the deceased. He also lied to gardaí in a statement, denying any knowledge of what had happened to Mr Reilly.
Speaking on behalf of Ryan Bradley at his sentence hearing earlier this month, Caroline Biggs SC told Mr Justice Paul Coffey her client was a vital part of his father's mechanic business. Mr Justice Coffey imposed a five-year sentence fully suspended for 10 years on condition he keep the peace, be of good behaviour and have no contact, direct or indirect, with the Reilly family and an associate of Mr Reilly.