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Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy pleaded guilty to possession of a sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life

Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy pleaded guilty to possession of a sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life

Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy pleaded guilty to possession of a sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life

A notorious Dublin criminal has pleaded guilty to possessing a sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury in north Dublin last year.

Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (37), of Balbutcher Lane, Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin 11, was previously charged with possessing a RAK-PM63 sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury at Crannogue Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11, last March 11.

Devoy also faces two charges under Section 19 of the Public Order Act for assaulting a garda and a garda sergeant at Crannogue Road on the same date.

Explosive

Yesterday morning at the Special Criminal Court, the first count on his indictment - possessing a RAK-PM63 submachine gun with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury at Crannogue Road, Ballymun - was put to Devoy.

When asked how he pleaded to this single count, he said: "I plead guilty."

Sean Gillane SC, for Devoy, asked the court to fix a trial date in respect of the two public order charges.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey set June 10 as the trial date for these charges.

Devoy was also previously charged with possessing an explosive substance, a Yugoslavian M75 hand grenade, with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property on the same occasion.

The accused man was further charged with possessing a 9mm Makarov PM 63 sub-machine gun in such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable inference that he had not got it in his possession for a lawful purpose on the same date at Belclare Crescent and Doon Court, Ballymun.

Devoy was also charged with possessing ammunition, some 11 rounds of 9mm with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

Devoy has previous convictions for attempted armed robbery, gun crime and drug dealing. Devoy has been suspected of being in the middle of a number of dangerous feuds, including with north inner city associates of the Hutch mob.

It is this gang that is suspected of murdering Devoy's innocent sister Antoinette Corbally (47) in August 2017.

The 48-year-old was gunned down along with Devoy's innocent pal Clinton Shannon (30) when a gunman opened fire on Devoy's mother's home on Balbutcher Drive.

Mother-of-six Ms Corbally was shot after opening the door to the killer, who had seconds earlier shot Mr Shannon as he sat in a car outside the house after driving Devoy there.

Topless

'Bottler' dropped a toddler he was holding and made his way to safety over the back wall of the house.

Just 24 hours before his sister's funeral, a topless 'Bottler' was photographed by the Herald at her wake while wearing just tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Gardai believe that Hutch mobster Jason 'Buda' Molyneux, who himself was gunned down in January 2018 as part of the Hutch/Kinahan feud, was involved in the double murder.

Molyneux was previously arrested and quizzed in connection with the murder of Bottler's brother, 'Mad' Mickey Devoy, in 2014.


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