Shooting of brother 'set off crime spree'
A FORMER straight A student who was jailed for four years this week for carrying out nine robberies in a week while on crack cocaine, had no involvement in criminality until after his older brother was murdered.
Tallaght man Laurence Bryan's life spiralled out of control when his gangster brother Gary (31) was shot dead as part of the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud in Walksinstown, south Dublin, in September 2006.
It emerged in Dublin Circuit Court this week that Laurence (33) was first convicted of crime in 2008 but since then he has amassed 122 convictions, including robbery, criminal damage and possession of knives.
His counsel told the court: "He certainly didn't hold back once he started into crime."
But things could have been so different for Laurence, who was spending €450 a day on crack cocaine.
During his crime spree in March of last year, he robbed the same Tallaght pharmacy four times in four days.
Gary Bryan was not a good role model to his brother.
Gary was an armed robber and a hitman-for-hire who worked for the dangerous Brian Rattigan drugs gang before he was brutally murdered himself in front of his shocked girlfriend.
Gary was the chief suspect for murdering both Paul Warren and Wayne Zambra in 2004 and 2006 respectively - crimes which made him a marked man.
He was hit by six bullets from a handgun and died immediately at the scene at Bunting Road, in the Walkinstown area, on September 26, 2006.
The gunman and an accomplice, who escaped in a stolen vehicle, cheered as they made their getaway from the murder scene.