A feared Dublin criminal who was convicted of dismembering a man's body and dumping it in a lake has been "quiet as a mouse" since being remanded in prison in May, the Herald can reveal.
Philip County (33), of Páirc na hAbhainn, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, was this week handed down the two-and-a-half year sentence by Judge Keenan Johnston after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine and MDMA with a total street value of €7,298.
It followed an armed raid at his home in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, in October 2017.
"County has been housed in Castlerea Prison for over four months now and there has been no disciplinary problems and there are no active threats being investigated against him," a jail insider said last night.
"He is currently in quarantine as is standard Covid-19 precaution after his court appearance this week," the source added.
The Dubliner, who is linked to the Kinahan cartel, had previously been released on bail in May, where he was informed by Judge Johnston that he was facing a three-year prison sentence with two years suspended.
County's bail was revoked just weeks later when it emerged he had a conviction at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal from May 2017.
The terms of that sentence involved him being a co-perpetrator in the concealment, removal and disposal of a corpse with a chainsaw in Amsterdam and had been sentenced to 21 months in prison.
In May 2017, County and two other men were sentenced to two years in prison for hiding Keith Ennis's body in 2009, but County had already served that time while on remand in a Dutch prison.
In light of the Amsterdam conviction, Judge Johnston remanded County in prison in June until his reappearance in court for sentencing.
The court was told that when gardaí called to County's home they found 71 grams of cocaine, 33 grams of MDMA and 30 MDMA tablets with an overall street value of €7,298.
Drug paraphernalia and evidence of drug dealing were also found.
The court heard a probation report carried out on County while in custody was "not positive" in its findings.
It found the accused to be at high risk of re-offending and detailed his "criminal associations", attitude towards offending, substance misuse as well as emotional and personal issues.
Judge Johnston also referenced County's previous conviction in Holland and noted how he told probation officers of the incident.
"The accused was involved in a very serious crime in Holland in respect the body of a deceased person was dismembered by him with the help of some other associates," he said.
"In the probation report, the accused indicated that the individual involved had been murdered while he was away from his apartment and when he came back he assisted the other parties in disposing of the body."
The court heard that County, who has more than 50 previous convictions, still had eight months left of a 21-month sentence to serve in the Netherlands for that incident - with officials likely to seek his extradition to serve out the remainder of that sentence upon his release from Irish prison.