TWO well-known Limerick criminals were jailed for five years each by the non-jury Special Criminal Court yesterday.
Ger Dundon (23), of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick; and David McCormack (26), of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, pleaded guilty to committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, Limerick, on February 17 last year.
The cases were not sent forward to the three-judge non-jury court under new anti-gangland laws, but were forwarded under existing legislation that allows the Director of Public Prosecutions to send non-terrorist cases for trial at the court.
Chief Supt of the Limerick garda division David Sheahan told the court the charges against the pair arose following attempts by others to collect €20,000 they believed they were owed by nightclub promoter Mark Heffernan (27).
He said that although the two accused were not involved in earlier attempts to get the money, there was "linkage" between events that eventually culminated in a group of men chasing Mr Heffernan across Limerick city on February 17.
Dundon, a father of three, has 99 previous convictions. McCormack has 19 previous convictions.
Mr Justice Paul Butler said that while the court acknowledged there was no evidence that Dundon and McCormack had tried to retrieve money from Mr Heffernan, it was satisfied there was a "campaign of intimidation" against him.