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sentence due Limerick man who survived shooting caught with gun and bullets

The 30-year-old knows first-hand the effects of gun crime after his recovery from the 2010 gun attack was described as a miracle.

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2010 shooting victim Daniel Philips

2010 shooting victim Daniel Philips

2010 shooting victim Daniel Philips

A man shot in the head and chest 10 years ago by a notorious gangland thug has pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun and bullets.

Limerick man Daniel Philips (30), who will be sentenced in February, had dumped the gun from a car while being chased by gardai last year.

The 30-year-old knows first-hand the effects of gun crime after his recovery from the 2010 gun attack was described as a miracle.

Shane Mason, who is linked to the Keane/Collopy gang, got a 16-year- sentence in 2012 for the shooting in which Philips was left for dead.

During that case it was heard how Philips had spent a month in a coma after bullet fragments were removed from his skull and chest.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, Philips detailed the huge impact the 2010 gun attack had on his life.

"Before the incident, life was brilliant," he said, explaining that he had been living with his girlfriend, playing soccer for a club and studying for his Leaving Cert.

"I don't remember anything about the incident," he said. "But it turned my whole life upside down."

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Convicted gunman Shane Mason

Convicted gunman Shane Mason

Convicted gunman Shane Mason

He said that after the surgery to remove the bullets, he got an infection and pneumonia and that his lungs collapsed twice.

He said he had to learn to walk again at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, where he also received counselling. Philips said he finally returned home in late November of that year, but soon had to go to live with his aunt and uncle as he needed help.

"I can't see myself going out to live independently," he said.

"My memory is very bad and I have to be reminded to take my medication," he said.

"I can't play any sport, drive a car, drink alcohol or go to a disco because of the lights," he said.

"I can only walk for short distances, stand for a short time and have to be helped climbing any stairs," he said, adding that his family had to make a lot of adjustments for him too.

Recently Philips entered a guilty plea at Limerick Circuit Court to the charge of possessing an improvised handgun and 88 bullets.

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The crime scene in John’s Square, Limerick in 2010

The crime scene in John’s Square, Limerick in 2010

The crime scene in John’s Square, Limerick in 2010

The weapon and ammo were found on the Ennis Road on March 26, 2020 after gardai found a package which was thrown from a car during a pursuit.

Philips also pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving, at Hassetts Cross, Limerick.

It was heard how his car was seen by gardai in the Ballynanty area of the city at around midnight and it was eventually stopped in the Parteen area.

An adjournment of the case to February to allow for a probation report was granted by Judge Tom O'Donnell granted the application.

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