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More prison time Member of Brazilian hit team gets extra year in jail for drug dealing

Ildomar Cabrar da Silva (29) is one of three men currently serving a lengthy jail term over the botched hit in the Midlands last year.

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Ildomar Cabrar Da Silva was jailed for eight years, with the final three suspended, at Mullingar Circuit Court. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ildomar Cabrar Da Silva was jailed for eight years, with the final three suspended, at Mullingar Circuit Court. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ildomar Cabrar Da Silva was jailed for eight years, with the final three suspended, at Mullingar Circuit Court. Photo: Tony Gavin

A member of a Brazilian ‘hit team’ jailed over a bungled shooting attempt has been given more prison time for drug dealing.

Ildomar Cabrar da Silva (29) is one of three men currently serving a lengthy jail term over the botched hit in the Midlands last year.

The gang were their way to shoot at a house in Tullamore before being intercepted during a garda surveillance operation.

They were arrested with a rusted machine-gun that would have misfired and a shotgun with the wrong ammunition.

Gardaí also observed the hit team get lost twice on their way to the shooting while the target’s address was found on Da Silva’s phone, who was described as a “primary organiser”.

In December the former meat plant worker was given a five year sentence for firearms offences in relation to the botched hit.

This week, his jail term was extended by a year after he admitted to drug dealing in south Dublin.

Da Silva, formerly of North Strand Road in the capital, appeared before Dublin Circuit Court on Wednesday.

The court heard gardaí had stopped a suspicious vehicle in the Leopardstown area being driven by Da Silva on November 19, 2019.

The Brazilian national was sitting in the car with a minor and, following a search, drugs with an estimated street value of €29,000 were recovered.

He was arrested and later charged, and entered a plea of guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply in January.

The court heard he had 26 previous convictions including theft and public order offences, as well as the firearms conviction last year.

Judge Karen O’Connor said she was taking into account his early guilty plea, his history of employment and his time spent in custody which has been positive.

The court heard Da Silva is on an enhanced prisoner status in the Midlands jail where he works in the kitchen.

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She said aggravating factors in the case were his previous offending, the significant amount of drugs seized, and the presence of a minor at the time of the offence.

Judge O’Connor said she was extending Da Silva’s period of incarceration by one year.

She sentenced him to three-and-a-half years imprisonment, suspended for two-and-a-half-years to run consecutively to the firearms sentence.

A condition was imposed that on his release from prison he must return to Brazil within 14 days.

At Mullingar Circuit Court last December evidence was given of the foiled shooting involving Da Silva last May.

Judge Johnson said it was clear that the accused were out of their depth in the preparation of the offence; using ill-equipped weapons and getting lost twice on the way to their target,

He stated that none of men were "professional hitmen or seasoned criminals" but by allowing themselves to get involved in such a serious crime was an aggravating factor.

The finding of an address on Da Silva's phone of a proposed target, he said, was indicative of the level of planning involved and each knew at least a week in advance of what was going to happen.

Ildomar da Silva had come to Ireland in 2015 to learn English and was the only defendant with previous convictions, having accumulated a total of 24 for offences including theft and possession of knives.

Judge Johnson said he was the most culpable having had the address of the target and paying for their car to be refuelled, which made him a "primary organiser."

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