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Sammy O'Flaherty

Sammy O'Flaherty

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Sammy O'Flaherty

A MAN caught with a Glock pistol while watching an episode of Love/Hate and videos that showed how to clean the same kind of gun, has been jailed for two years.

Sammy O'Flaherty (39) pleaded guilty to possession of the gun and 16 rounds of ammunition at his flat on Henry Street, Limerick, on October 27, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and cocaine for sale and supply on the same date.

Judge Carroll Moran described the possession of a gun as an "aggravating factor" in the case.

He said Mr O'Flaherty's case had already attracted "some degree of notoriety" given he was watching a DVD about the cleaning of guns when gardai arrived at his home.

In his interview with gardai, the 39-year-old admitted he had watched Love/Hate and videos online to learn how to assemble, strip and clean the gun.

In his evidence, Det Garda David Baynham told the court he was monitoring O'Flaherty's address for suspected drug activity when the accused and another man stepped out to go to the off-licence.

"There is an opening sequence (in Love/Hate) where a Glock firearm is stripped," Det Garda David Baynham told the court "and that extract was on the laptop when we entered the property".

At a previous court hearing, defence counsel Mark Nicholas BL, said that watching a TV show to learn how to handle a gun was hardly the mark of an experienced gunman.

The court heard O'Flaherty was being used by sinister elements to store the gun for two weeks for which he would have €500 taken off his drug debt.

His brother Peter O'Flaherty (35) of College Avenue, Moyross, Limerick, also pleaded guilty to possession of the Glock and was given a four year suspended jail sentence.

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