Gang pair jailed for five years over attack
Two men were jailed for five years in the first Limerick gangland cases to come before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.
Ger Dundon (23), of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, and David McCormack (26), of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, were each sentenced to five years' imprisonment having both pleaded guilty to committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17, 2010.
The cases were not sent to the three-judge non-jury court under new anti-gangland laws but were instead forwarded under existing legislation which allows the Director of Public Prosecutions to send non-terrorist cases for trial at the court.
Judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the sentences would be backdated to April 2010, when both Dundon and McCormack were arrested along with six other men following an investigation into extortion.
Chief Superintendent David Sheehan told Thomas O'Connell, prosecuting, the charge arose following attempts by others to collect €20,000 they believed they were owed by nightclub promoter Mark Heffernan (27).
He said that although the two accused men were not involved in earlier attempts to get the money from Mr Heffernan, there was "linkage" between events which eventually cumulated in a group of men chasing Mr Heffernan across Limerick city on February 17.