A LIMERICK associate of the McCarthy-Dundon gang who has survived a number of gun attacks is facing a new threat — from two sausage rolls.
Jimmy Collins, aged 46, of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, survived an attack early Monday morning when his house was raked with machine gun fire. A year ago, he was hit twice when 15 bullets were fired at him as he rode a Piebald pony.
But Limerick District Court is now considering enacting a three-month suspended jail sentence which hangs over him after he pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing two sausage rolls worth less than €2 from a deli counter at Tesco in Roxboro shopping centre.
Collins, who once told a newspaper “blood will flow in the streets of Limerick and the only businesses here will be undertakers and funeral parlours”, pleaded guilty to stealing the sausage rolls.
Collins has posed for photographers showing off his elaborate tattoos, one of which carries a tribute to a slain member of the gang.
Inspector Tom O’Connor told Limerick District Court that Collins entered the Tesco outlet on March 3 and took two sausage rolls which were not paid for.
Insp O’Connor told Judge Tom O’Donnell that Collins had 33 previous convictions, including drug possession.
At the same court on April 24, 2007, Collins got a suspended three-month jail term and was bound to the peace for two years when he was convicted of using threatening behaviour.
Judge O’Donnell adjourned the matter to May 6 so the court office could contact Judge Aeneas McCarthy who imposed the suspended sentence
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