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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Son of gangland killer 'Frog Eyes' caught smuggling drugs into jail

David 'Frog Eyes' Stanners
David 'Frog Eyes' Stanners

The 23-year-old son of a convicted gangland murderer was busted as he attempted to smuggle drugs into his dad in jail, it has emerged in court.

Anton Stanners appeared before Portlaoise District Court where evidence was given that 24 grams of cannabis herb were found stuffed down his underpants when prison officers searched him at the Midlands Prison.

Anton is the son of notorious Limerick criminal David ‘Frog Eyes’ Stanners (44) who was a key member of the McCarthy/Dundon gang before he was jailed for life for the murder of rival mobster Kieran Keane in January 2003.

The court heard that Frog Eyes’ son was visiting him on November 23 when the offence happened in the search area of the prison.

Anton, who has six previous convictions, admitted in court that he was still a drug-user and it also emerged that he has a good bond with his dad.

He pleaded guilty to the offence.

Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case until April 16 so that a probation report could be made on Anton.

David Stanners is one of five criminals who were given life sentences for abducting and killing Keane in a gruesome feud-related murder.

The McCarthy/Dundon gang, in which he was a key member, has now been destroyed

after years of garda investigations.

In one of the most dramatic  murder trials in the history of the State, Keane’s nephew,

Owen Treacy, gave evidence that Frog Eyes was the man who shot his uncle dead at Drombana, Limerick, and also almost stabbed him to death.

kfoy@herald.ie

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