10 YEARS IN JAIL FOR HEROIN POSSESSION

A Leixlip man who was rescued by the Emergency Response Unit after being abducted, has been given a 10-year sentence for possession of €2 million worth of heroin.

A Leixlip man who was rescued by the Emergency Response Unit after being abducted, has been given a 10-year sentence for possession of €2 million worth of heroin.

Ryan Kearney (25) of Castle Park, Leixlip, Co. Kildare pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of heroin for sale or supply on January 25, 2008.

Ms Caroline Biggs SC defending, told Judge Patricia Ryan last Wednesday, July 27, her client was a victim of crime in 2007 “where himself and his family were targeted for money” and it was reported by RTE News.

She said “the Emergency Response Unit came to his rescue” and he “has a scar on his head” as a result of the abduction and is now in fear of individuals. Judge Ryan handed down a 10-year sentence, suspending the final three years of it for the offence.

She noted Kearney’s 109 previous convictions arose out of eight or nine incidents and none of them were for drugs offences.

The judge also noted he was a victim of crime and was addicted to alcohol at the time of the offence.

Detective Garda William Armstrong agreed with Ms Biggs her client’s “function was to keep lookout for the gardai” in the moving of the pallet containing heroin worth €1,957,320.

Det Gda Armstrong also agreed with Ms Biggs who said “there was an element of fear in this” and that her client never received the €250 he was to be paid for helping transport what he thought was gold. Judge Ryan also handed down a three-year sentence to run concurrently for unauthorised taking of a vehicle, endangerment, damaging a vehicle and dangerous driving in the Dublin 12 area on June 30, 2007.

In that incident Kearney was driving a stolen car in a high-speed car chase by gardai where he “crossed four lanes of traffic” and crashed into a BMW, writing it off, at the Walkinstown Roundabout.