Subaru gang member and nephew of 'Fat' Andy Connors escapes jail for hockey-stick attack
A VIOLENT member of a criminal gang escaped extra jail time despite attacking a man with a hockey stick while on bail for trying to run over two gardai.
Larry Connors (22), a nephew of slain gang boss 'Fat' Andy Connors, pleaded guilty to the assault just before a jury trial had been due to get underway.
The career criminal, who has 51 previous convictions, beat a man on the street with a hockey stick when he was on bail over a reckless car chase with gardai.
During that incident, Connors tried to run two gardai who were in pursuit off the road.
As well as being on bail, it was heard that Connors had seven separate bonds relating to 21 different offences when he carried out the assault in Co Kildare.
He even featured on Crimecall last October, as officers tried to track him down before he was charged and brought to court.
Connors has since been sentenced to four years behind bars for dangerous driving and endangerment.
He has close ties to the band of criminals known as the Subaru Gang, who carry out robberies all over Ireland using high-powered cars.
His uncle Fat Andy had been a key figure in the mob, which is known to have been behind millions of euro worth of thefts, hijacks, ram-raids and burglaries.
Several members of the clan have been high-profile targets for garda operations.
Judge Sean O'Donnabhain opted to impose a suspended sentence of 12 months for the hockey stick attack, due to start when he is finished the four-year sentence.
He said the sentence had to be consecutive because it was committed while he was on bail over separate criminal charges.
However, he noted that Connors had "belatedly" admitted his guilt and that his victim had accepted his apologies and had asked for leniency.
It effectively means that despite his serious criminal record, Connors won't serve any extra time behind bars for the attack.
During a sentence hearing at Naas Circuit Court this week, his defence lawyer said that Connors and his victim have put the incident "behind them".
He said that Connors regretted his actions that day, when he "lost his head".
It was also highlighted how Connors, one of 16 children, has suffered a number of tragedies in his life despite his young age.
This included the recent death of a relative in a car crash in the UK, while he also found his brother hanging in 2014.
Fat Andy had been the top boss of a wide clan network of criminal gangs involved in a range of illegal activities.
'Fat' Andy Connors
The 45-year-old died in his wife Ann's arms after being shot five times at his home in Saggart, west Dublin, in 2014.
His widow Ann was hit with a massive €2.5million bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau and has continued to spend a fortune on family occasions.
This included an estimated €30,000 for a gold casket for her husband, who was buried wearing €100,000 in jewellery.