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Man who held gun, cannabis and stolen motorbikes to pay off gambling debt sentenced

Dylan Mooney became addicted to gambling during long stays in hospital while he was being treated for cystic fibrosis

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Sonya McLean

A man who agreed to hold a semi-automatic pistol, cannabis and two stolen motorbikes in order to pay off a gambling debt has been given a four-year suspended sentence.

Dylan Mooney (26) became addicted to gambling during long stays in hospital while being treated for cystic fibrosis. He continued to gamble once he was discharged, playing online and going to bookmakers.

He ran up a debt of €15,000 and agreed to hold the gun, ammunition, a total of €20,600 worth of cannabis and two motorbikes to pay off the debt.

Mooney of Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis resin, cannabis herb, a semi-automatic pistol and two charges of handling stolen property at his home on September 19, 2017.

He has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since his arrest.

Judge Melanie Greally had adjourned the case in January 2019 having heard evidence to allow for the preparation of a probation report. She said she also wanted to ascertain if Mooney's medical condition could be properly treated in a prison regime.

The case was adjourned for four months when Judge Greally noted that the reports before the court indicated that a “custodial environment presents a higher risk of infection than would ordinarily exist”.

Judge Greally said normally such a crime would attract a prison sentence but said that Mooney's “well-being” should be preserved and “the risk of infection for CF sufferers is a major concern”.

She placed Mooney on a 12- month probation bond during which time he was ordered to engage with both the Probation Service and gambling addiction services.

Today Judge Greally was told that Mooney has not come to garda attention since May 2019 and has engaged well with the Probation Service.

She said she was taking into account Mooney’s lack of previous convictions, his medical difficulties, his cooperation with the investigation and the fact that he has since addressed his gambling addiction.

Judge Greally sentenced Mooney to four years in prison which she suspended in full on a number of conditions including that Mooney keep the peace and be of good behaviour and engage with the Probation Service for 18 months.

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