Tuesday 24 April 2018

Dublin Shooting: Victim told court he'd be killed if he didn't deliver 5,000 ecstasy tablets

Shooting scene on Shancastle Drive. Inset Keith Willis
Shooting scene on Shancastle Drive. Inset Keith Willis
Keith Willis
Keith Willis

Cathal McMahon and Conor Feehan

A man shot and injured in Dublin overnight previously told a court he would be killed if he didn’t deliver 5,000 ecstasy tablets.

Keith Willis was struck in the arm and leg at a house on Shancastle Drive in Clondalkin shortly before 9pm last night.

The 26-year-old was rushed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was being treated for non life-threatening injuries this morning.

Gardai in Clondalkin are investigating if Willis was the intended target of the attack.

Keith Willis
Keith Willis

The Ballyfermot native was previously jailed for five years, with two suspended, after he was caught delivering drugs worth €26,025 to Sligo in April 2013.

He told officers he was delivering 5,000 ecstasy tablets to help pay off a drug debt.

Sligo Circuit Court heard that he told gardaí that if he had refused to bring the drugs, which were concealed in the vehicle, to the western county he would have been killed.

He told gardaí he was to get €500 for the trip which was to come off a €10,000 debt.

He didn't have any insurance and was banned from driving at the time.

He was given a phone number to ring when he got to Sligo.

Willis said the person he owed money to bought the car for €1,200 for the trip to Sligo.

When asked what had gone missing, Willis replied that he couldn't say.

Local people gather as gardaí secure the shooting scene at Shancastle Drive in Clondalkin last night. Photo: Collins
Local people gather as gardaí secure the shooting scene at Shancastle Drive in Clondalkin last night. Photo: Collins

He said of his situation: "They own me until it's paid."

Willis has previous convictions for road traffic matters, theft and burglary.

The court heard that he didn’t have a major drug addiction but he admitted to smoking cannabis.

His lawyer Mr Padraig O'Dwyer SC said Willis left school at 16, undertook an apprenticeship to become a mechanic but ended up working as a car valet.

Between 2007 and 2009 his life began to deteriorate and he was asked to leave the family home.

His partner had a miscarriage and he began to excessively consume alcohol and drugs.

However, he was determined to turn his life around.

Willis was before the High Court last year where he and others challenged the validity of their detention arising from a Court of Appeal decision to strike down as unconstitutional a provision of the Misuse of Drugs Act declaring possession of some one hundred types of drugs to be an offence.

The latest shooting comes just days after Tom Farnan (37) was shot dead in his hallway on Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin on Monday, April 25.

The two incidents are not believed to be related. It is also understood that neither shooting is connected to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Gardai at Ronanstown Garda Station are investigating the incident - with garda helicopters understood to have headed in the direction of the M5O in search of the suspects.

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