3 men guilty in shooting of girl, 6

A GIRL aged six was hit by gunfire from the occupants of two cars that sped through a built-up housing estate, Limerick Circuit Court has heard.

Three men yesterday pleaded guilty to charges arising out of the shooting.

The three — an uncle and his two nephews — will be sentenced in January.

The shooting occurred in Southill, during which the girl was wounded as she stood on the street near her home.

The court heard the girl was caught in crossfire and was hospitalised after being hit a number of times, receiving pellet wounds to her leg.

Shots were fired by the occupants of two cars as they sped through Lilac Court estate in Southill.

The shooting occurred during the June bank holiday weekend.

The three men who admitted gun charges yesterday were Eric Curtin, aged 44, of Hillview Drive, Kilteely, and his nephews Christopher Curtin, aged 38, of Salvia Court, Southill, and Paul Curtin, aged 27, who has addresses at Rearcross and Cappamore.

Following an extensive Garda investigation, all three accused were presented with books of evidence at Limerick District Court on September 23 last and the case came before Limerick Circuit Court for the first time yesterday afternoon.

On being arraigned before Judge Carroll Moran, they each pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a 12-gauge Lamber semi-automatic shotgun at Lilac Court, O’Malley Park, on May 31.

Paul and Christopher Curtin also pleaded guilty to the possession of 11 rounds of ammunition for the weapon at the same location on the same date.

State prosecutor John O’Sullivan BL, instructed by state solicitor Michael Murray, said the pleas were acceptable to the State and he indicated that other charges in relation to the same incident would be withdrawn.

Paul and Christopher Curtin were remanded in custody while Eric Curtin was remanded on bail to the same court on January 23, 2009 when they will be sentenced.

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