Killer's sister is jailed despite plea to judge
A SISTER of notorious Limerick killer Ray Casey has been imprisoned for two years.
Carol Collopy (51) of Danesfort, Corbally, Limerick, who tearfully pleaded with a judge not to jail her for selling illicit cigarettes, will begin her sentence tomorrow.
At Limerick Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday, Judge Carroll Moran gave Ms Collopy time to make arrangements for the care of her 10-year-old daughter. She was ordered to attend Limerick prison by 5pm on Thursday.
Judge Moran said he had no alternative but to impose a jail sentence after Ms Collopy, a divorced mother who had a stall at a Limerick market, was caught selling cigarettes, without excise duty paid, to undercover Customs officers.
Ms Collopy admitted possession of nearly 37,000 cigarettes worth €16,634, which resulted in the loss of €10,656 to the Exchequer in 2009.
Her brother Ray Casey (46), who was once described by a senior garda as "one of the most violent criminals Limerick has ever seen", died in jail in 2009 while serving life for the murder of barman Noel Pyper in 1997.
Another brother, Edward Casey (47), was jailed for 11 years for the aggravated sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman in Galway in 2004.