Coach ‘used by’ gangland criminal loses appeal

A GAA coach, who was “targeted” and used by “a major gangland criminal”, has lost an appeal against his seven-year sentence for possessing more than €500,000 worth of cannabis.
Coach ‘used by’ gangland criminal loses appeal

David Gill, aged 40, from The Pines, Leopardstown Rd, Dublin, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing €560k worth of cannabis for sale or supply at three locations in Dublin on August 22, 2013. He was sentenced to seven years by Judge Martin Nolan on July 29, 2014.

Dismissing Gill’s appeal yesterday, the Court of Appeal held that his seven-year sentence was not excessive.

Speaking on behalf of the three-judge court, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said that during a garda surveillance operation, Gill was stopped in a white van on Kylemore Rd in which 8.5kg of cannabis herb was found worth €171,000.

At a follow-up search of a lock-up, 19.5kg of cannabis resin was found worth €389,000, Mr Justice Mahon said and at his home, €30,000 in cash was found hidden in a pool table.

Counsel for Gill, Pauline Walley said her client was described by an experienced drugs squad garda as “a safe, disposable man for a major gangland criminal”.

This man was described as a “high-ranking criminal” and a “major figure, respected in the criminal fraternity”, Ms Walley said.

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