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Monday 17 December 2018

June date set for Rattigan's €1m drug bust appeal

Brian Rattigan
Brian Rattigan

Dublin criminal Brian Rattigan has been given a date in June to appeal his conviction for directing the supply of drugs from prison.

Rattigan (38), formerly of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, had pleaded not guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to possession of heroin and two counts of possession of the drug for sale or supply on Hughes Road South, Walkinstown, Dublin 12, on May 21, 2008.

The three-judge court agreed with the prosecution case that Rattigan was the director of a drugs gang conducting a €1m heroin deal.

Frightening

He became the first drug dealer to be found guilty of charges connected to directing the supply of drugs while in prison.

At the Court of Appeal yesterday, Mr Justice John Edwards fixed June 5, 2018, as the date for the hearing of Rattigan's ­appeal against the conviction for drugs offences. It is an appeal against conviction only.

Counsel for Rattigan, Brendan Grehan SC, said the case would finish in under a day.

Rattigan was not in court for the procedural matter.

Sentencing Rattigan to 17 years in prison on March 20, 2013, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, had said the Special Criminal Court had regard to the "very frightening" evidence of drugs expert Detective Sergeant Brian Roberts.

Det Sgt Roberts had told the court of the effect heroin had on society, as well as the "alarming" 3,972 drug-related deaths in Ireland between 2004 and 2010.

The sentence, backdated to June 2008, was directed to run in tandem with a life sentence he was then serving for the murder of Declan Gavin (21).

Rattigan had been found guilty by a jury in December 2009 of stabbing Gavin to death outside a fast-food restaurant in Crumlin on August 25, 2001.

However, earlier this month the Supreme Court quashed Rattigan's conviction for the murder of Gavin, over closing remarks made by the trial judge to the jury which, a majority found, had gone further than was desirable.

The 2013 Special Criminal Court trial of Rattigan heard that gardai who raided the house on Hughes Road South discovered five kilos of heroin, valued at more than €1m, while a search of a bedroom yielded just over €36,000 in cash.

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