Brother of 'Mr Nobody' jailed over heroin haul
A brother of senior Kinahan cartel figure 'Mr Nobody' has been jailed for seven years for possession of €1.25m of heroin.
Michael Brady (54) has been described as a "model prisoner" who has helped fellow inmates quit alcohol and drugs since he was charged with possession.
He is a brother of Declan Brady (53), known as 'Mr Nobody', who was sentenced earlier this month to 11-and-a-half years in jail, with the last year suspended, for minding a weapons arsenal on behalf of the Kinahan cartel.
Delivering sentence on Michael Brady at the Special Criminal Court yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Coffey said heroin was "ruinous" to individuals, families and society in general and while the defendant was not the dominant person in the criminal gang, "he was trusted by that gang to look after a substantial quantity of heroin".
Michael Brady, of South Dublin, was found guilty in June of possessing the drugs at an apartment at Sallins Bridge in Sallins, Naas, Co Kildare, on January 24, 2017.
His trial heard that €1.25m of heroin, €1.5m of cocaine and €1,000 of cannabis were found at the premises, in the base of one of the beds. Gardai also seized an assault rifle and a variety of ammunition.
Brady was found not guilty by the three-judge non-jury court of possessing the cocaine and cannabis.
He had earlier been found not guilty of possessing the assault rifle by direction of the court. Another charge accusing him of possessing three ammunition magazines was also withdrawn by the State. Brady had denied all the charges.
Brady's fingerprints were found on two blocks of heroin found in the base of the bed.
His lawyers argued at a sentence hearing earlier this month that he was not significantly involved in the criminal organisation and that his role in looking after the drugs was at the "lowest end".
Mr Justice Coffey yesterday said Brady was not involved in the buying or selling of the drugs or in the planning of any criminal activity, but he was above the level of a mule and was trusted by the gang.
Given the quantity of heroin and its "ruinous" effect on society, Mr Justice Coffey set 10 years as the headline sentence.
He reduced that to eight years and six months after taking into consideration a report by a prison addiction counsellor which detailed Brady's success in overcoming his own addiction.
The judge said he would also suspend the final 18 months of the sentence after noting that Brady has achieved a status as an "enhanced prisoner".
He is, the judge said, largely responsible for the availability of alcohol and drug treatment programmes for his fellow prisoners and has helped others to stop taking drugs and alcohol.
"He is a model prisoner in his mid-50s with a family to whom he is devoted," he added.
The sentence was backdated to April 12, 2017, when he first went into custody.