Four-year sentence for man who lured friend to death trap

WHAT is regarded as the most brutal and depraved murder in the Limerick feud was recalled yesterday at Limerick Circuit Court when a man was jailed for his part in the death of Michael Campbell McNamara.

Aged 23, he was shot dead on the night of October 19/20 2003 by the notorious McCarthy Dundon gang.

The man who lured him into a death trap, Andrew Nolan was yesterday jailed for four years.

After walking into the hands of gang members, Campbell McNamara was tied up and repeatedly stabbed and shot twice.

Evidence at the scene indicated he had been savagely tortured before his death.

Because of his connections, Michael Campbell McNamara was very careful about where he moved in Limerick and who he moved with.

One of those he trusted was Andrew Nolan, the accused. It was a trust that was to cost him his life, yesterday’s court was told.

Unknown to Michael Campbell McNamara, the man he regarded as an ally had connections with the rival McCarthy Dundon gang.

Nolan, aged 27, of Carew Park, Southill sent him a phone message on the night of the murder on the pretext that he wanted to sell him a sawn off shotgun for €700.

Judge Carroll Moran said: “The accused was an active participant in one of the feud factions. The deceased man was very cautious about his movements and trusted the accused. That trust must have been misplaced on this occasion.”

Nolan, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing of engaging in conduct which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to Michael Campbell McNamara on October 19/20 2003 at Barry’s Field near to Nolan’s home at Carew Park.

Nolan claimed in court that a number of violent men had been on to him for about a month to make the phone call to Michael Campbell McNamara.

While others were arrested in connection with the murder, Nolan was the only person charged in connection with the murder.

Judge Moran said it was not the case that Nolan murdered the victim but lured him to the place where he was killed.

An aggravating factor in the case he said was that the killing was related to a feud which has cost a considerable number of lives in Limerick.

While the offence Nolan was charged with carries a seven-year maximum sentence, he imposed a four-year term due to the early guilty plea.

When the body of Michael Campbell McNamara was discovered by a man out walking a dog it was lying face up with the feet, wrists and arms bound.

The car owned by the victim was round later in Fedamore outside Limerick.

Detective Sergeant Tom O’Connor said “to put it in cruel terms, Michael Campbell McNamara was executed” having been shot twice and stabbed 10 times.

The murder, he said, was the eleventh connected to the feud.

The mother of the deceased, Liz McNamara, said the murder of their son had a devastating effect on the entire family.

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