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DPP drops gun case against gangster Thomas 'Nicky' McConnell who threatened to kill a woman


Thomas 'Nicky' McConnell

Thomas 'Nicky' McConnell

Thomas 'Nicky' McConnell

A feared gangster who was jailed for five years for threatening to kill a woman and drug-dealing offences will not face any new charges in relation to a separate threat to kill probe.

In May of last year, Thomas 'Nicky' McConnell (30) from Ballymun was jailed for three years for threatening to kill a 28-year-old mum in 2011.

He received an additional two years after gardai found over €16,000 of the drug "snow blow" at his home in October 2010.

McConnell, who has been getting treatment for his drug addiction at a residential centre rather than serving his sentence in prison, had been under investigation by gardai based at Togher Garda Station in Cork but it has emerged that there is insufficient evidence to charge him with any new offence.

The criminal had been arrested by detectives from Cork more than two years ago and was questioned about a firearms incident that happened in the city in August, 2012.

The incident that 'Nicky' was quizzed about unfolded when uniformed gardai discovered a loaded sawn-off shotgun and a balaclava in a bin truck.

The officers had been responding to reports of suspicious activity near the Cork home of a man who owes tens of thousands of euro to two drugs gangs - one based in north Dublin and one in Limerick.

Sources said that it was suspected that 'Nicky' and one of his Ballymun associates had arrived in Cork to get the debt.

However, a file on the case has been sent to the DPP who has decided that he has no case to answer.