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Brother of crime boss says drugs haul was for ‘anxiety’

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Anthony Keane
Anthony Keane

A BROTHER of a leading Limerick crime boss escaped jail for possessing drugs, claiming the tablets were for anxiety after a failed murder bid.

Anthony Keane (52), was acquitted at Limerick District Court over possessing 235 ‘benzos’ found in his house during a Garda raid.

The raid came just weeks after his brother Christy narrowly escaped being murdered when he was shot four times in a gangland ambush.

Keane insisted he had the tablets for his own personal use and that he takes more than his doctor had prescribed.

A judge was told how Keane suffered from depression and anxiety and the attempt on his brother’s life had made this even worse.

No evidence was found on Keane’s phone that he had been engaging in drugs dealing. Judge Aeneas McCarthy dismissed the charge, saying that he had reasonable doubt.

Although Christy is considered to be one of the main crime bosses in the city, Anthony is not believed to be involved in serious crime.

However, he was among a group of men jailed for his part in a notorious brawl in the city in 2003, as members of the rival McCarthy-Dundon and Keane-Collopy factions clashed.

Anthony Keane got a two-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon.