Gang brothers get six months off jail terms over €1m raid
GANGLAND brothers Alan and Wayne Bradley have had their sentences for a botched cash van robbery reduced by six months on appeal.
The brothers, from Finglas, received sentences totalling 16 years for conspiring to steal from a security van transporting almost €1m.
The Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday found there was an error in principle in the sentence of nine years with two suspended imposed on Alan Bradley (40) and in the sentence of seven years with 18 months suspended imposed on Wayne Bradley (35) by Judge Tony Hunt in April 2012.
The men tried to carry out the raid under the direction of the late Eamon 'The Don' Dunne, who was also arrested at the scene.
Three other men were sentenced for their roles, including a Chubb Ireland employee who acted as an "inside man".
Wayne Bradley, with a last address at Ratoath Road, Finglas, and Alan Bradley, with a last address at Churchfields, Kents- town, Co Meath, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland on November 2, 2007, at Tesco in Celbridge, Co Kildare.
Returning judgement, presiding judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin said the appeal court wished to take the opportunity to congratulate gardai on the surveillance and investigative work that prevented the commission of an even more serious crime.
He said there was one primary and significant point in the appeal brought by Alan Bradley, and it could be put in the one simple sentence that it appeared the trial judge was deeply concerned about the fitness of the maximum sentence of 10 years for the offence.
Mr Justice MacMenamin said it appeared that the trial judge "on this unusual occasion did somewhat err in principle".
He said the court was of the view that Judge Hunt should have gauged precisely where the case lay on the spectrum of offending and identified such a charge where there is a plea of guilty.
He said the court found that the appropriate sentence was one of eight years with one-and-a-half years suspended.
With regard to Wayne Bradley, Mr Justice MacMenamin said the court considered the appropriate sentence was one of six years with one year suspended.
Patrick Marrinan SC, counsel for Alan Bradley, had told the court that his client was "deeply unhappy" with aspects of the submissions made by the State in the appeal, in particular the value placed on his plea of guilty and on the assertion that Bradley was "somehow caught red-handed".
Mr Marrinan said he did not intend to deal with the seriousness of the offence as there were was evidence it was a "significant, serious conspiracy" to steal money.
Aileen Donnelly SC, for Wayne Bradley, said he was not involved in the organisation or planning of the offence.
Ms Donnelly handed in documentation in relation to her client, including letters from a psychiatrist and a GP that outlined how her client suffered from panic attacks and lower back pain.