View Full Version : Irish Master Criminal Jailed

Len Ganley Stance
09-10-2007, 17:54
And who says the Irish aren't stupid (I'm Irish by the way so I'm allowed say that!). I have highlighted the relevant piece in the article that confirms this to be the case -

From breakingnews.ie

Life sentence for man who shot other man in face

08/10/2007 - 14:11:46

A Tipperary father of two who shot another man in the face at a house party in Clonmel in 2006 has been jailed for life by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.

Leigh Crowe, aged 33, with an address at Elm Park, Clonmel, Tipperary pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 25-year-old Owen Cahill, the attempted murder of Mark Doolan at the party on April 2 nd 2006 and the assault causing harm of Sharon Rossiter.

On the night of the incident two masked men entered the house on the outskirts of Clonmel carrying a double barrelled sawn off shotgun and a pump action shotgun. Sgt Barry O'Riordan told Mr Denis Vaughan Buckley SC, prosecuting, that one of the men walked up to Mr Cahill and shot in the face at point blank range. He died "almost instantaneously".

Mr Doolan managed to distract the gunmen momentarily but received a gunshot wound to the upper right arm. Mr Vaughan Buckley told the Court Mr Doolan was still receiving treatment for his injuries.

Sgt O'Riordan said that when Crowe was interview he asked gardaí what evidence they had against him. They told him he had been identified at the scene. Crowe replied "that's bullshit. Nobody saw me. I had a balaclava and gloves." He told gardaí that if he went to prison "they" would get him but if he got out of the situation he would "go to Spain and never be seen again."

He told Mr Vaughan Buckley that Crowe had a total of 23 previous convictions including eight convictions for assault two of which included serious assault.

Mr Cahill's mother, Catherine said, in a victim impact statement read out to the court, there was no way to express "the pain, hurt and impact on the whole family" caused by her son's death.

She said when she heard the news "it was like there was nobody else in the room and the world just stood still."

She said her daughter had "completely crumbled" when she lost her protective older brother; Mr Cahill's father was a "broken man" and her husband felt he had also lost a son.

She said she had no hatred for the men who had killed her son but wanted justice. She said her son would not be able to see his son grow up and his son would grow up without a father.

Mr John Kelly SC told Mr Justice Carney that a psychiatric assessment of Crowe suggested he had been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being shot in the back in front of his partner and two children 18 months before. He believed Mr Cahill had been involved.

Mr Kelly said Crowe had a difficult childhood and had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He had started drinking heavily and taking drugs in his late teens but after he was shot he entered a detox programme and got himself a job as a builder's labourer which he held for 15 months.

A few months before the offence he received information from the gardaí that his life was in danger. He started drinking heavily, consuming a litre of vodka every day and stopped going to work.

He became increasingly paranoid and started taking "speed" to stay awake. On the day of the shooting he had not slept for several days.

Mr Justice Carney said that if people chose to "develop lifestyles revolving around the taking of drink and drugs they should not then come into this court and seek to put them forward in mitigation"

He sentenced Crowe to life for the death of Mr Cahill with 15 years for attempting to murder Mr Doolan and 5 for assaulting Ms Rossiter. All three sentences are to run concurrently and be back dated to the date of Crowe's arrest.

09-10-2007, 18:38
His advocate will have a hard job :)

DJ Biscuit
09-10-2007, 18:43
What I don't understand is the plea of manslaughter when:

'.....walked up to Mr Cahill and shot in the face at point blank range. He died "almost instantaneously".'

Sounds more like murder to me.