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Court Claims Killer's son caught with Garda stab vest says it was for 'protection' after dad's jail release

His defence said Conroy’s father recently “re-emerged” after a long sentence served abroad for killing his mother.

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Shane Conroy

Shane Conroy

Shane Conroy

A KILLER’S son who was caught with a garda stab vest said he had got it for “protection” after his father was released from jail for causing his mother’s death.

Shane Conroy (24) had the official garda vest illegally in a car when he was stopped in Dublin, a court heard.

His defence said Conroy’s father recently “re-emerged” after a long sentence served abroad for killing his mother.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined him €300 at Dublin District Court.

Conroy, with an address at Sean O’Casey Avenue in the north inner city pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of garda equipment.

Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch said officers were on patrol at Lower Gardiner Street at 5pm on June 8, 2020 when they saw a suspicious vehicle.

The accused was driving, with a front seat passenger who was a co-accused also in the car.

When the gardai said they would search it, the accused immediately said there was a garda stab vest in the vehicle, Sgt Lynch said.

An official-issue stab vest was recovered.

Conroy had a very difficult background, as when he was a young boy, his mother was killed by his father in front of him, defence solicitor John Quinn said.

His father served a long sentence abroad and “re-emerged,”

Mr Quinn said. It had been difficult on him and he was looking for some protection, the court heard. The stab vest was given to Conroy by a friend and he accepted he should not have had it.

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It was immediately brought to the attention of the gardai when he was stopped that he had the vest, and he made admissions, Mr Quinn said.

Conroy, who worked as a sales assistant in an internet cafe, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity Mr Quinn asked Judge Smyth to deal with him as leniently as possible in the circumstances.

Sgt Lynch told Judge Smyth she had no reason to doubt what was being said on the accused’s behalf.

Under Section 61 of the Garda Siochana Act, 2005 it is an offence for anyone who is not a member of the force to be in possession of a garda uniform or equipment.

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