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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Convicted garda killer threw beer keg at shop

Pat McCann, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to criminal damage. Stock photo
Pat McCann, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to criminal damage. Stock photo

A 70-year-old convicted garda murderer, who spent more than 30 years in prison, has received a partially suspended jail sentence for throwing a beer keg through a shop window.

Pat McCann previously appeared before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with throwing the keg against the window of a Grafton Street jewellery store, causing more than €8,300 of damage.

McCann, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at John Brereton Jewellers on July 23, 2015.

Murdered

McCann was sentenced to death by hanging in 1980 for the murder of Garda Henry Byrne, who was shot dead after an armed robbery in Co Roscommon on July 7, 1980.

Detective Garda John Morley was also murdered during the incident.

McCann's death sentence was commuted to a 40-year term by President Patrick Hillery, and he was released in 2013.

Yesterday, Judge Melanie Greally imposed a sentence of two-and-a-half years, backdated to December 2016, with the balance suspended from June 1.

Garda Maria O'Hara told Maddie Grant, prosecuting, that McCann was drunk at the time of the offence.

Gda O'Hara said, while considerable damage was caused to the window, it did not break entirely and no jewellery was taken or damaged.

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