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Gavin Sheehan at Cork Criminal Court. Pic: Cork Courts Limited
Gavin Sheehan at Cork Criminal Court. Pic: Cork Courts Limited
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Cork Gunman is placed in secure prison unit for his own protection

THE man sentenced to 11 years for shooting a Cork woman in her boyfriend’s home is under protection in Cork prison.

Gavin Sheehan of 7 Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, is currently in the challenging behaviour unit.

While the unit is usually reserved for inmates who have been involved in an incident in the prison, Sheehan has been placed there for his own protection.

He has been isolated from the rest of the prison population in Cork because of concerns about his safety.

It follows the revelation in court on Tuesday at his sentencing hearing that he was a garda informer for two years.

He was sentenced in relation to the shooting of Ciara Sheehan, who was not a relation of his, at her boyfriend’s home in Hollywood Estate in May last year.

During the hearing, defending SC Vincent Heneghan told the court that his client was acting as an informer to An Garda Síochána for two years, up to Christmas 2015. He said his client supplied names of people involved in the drugs trade, gun trade and “criminality in general”.

And in Tuesday’s hearing, Mr Heneghan told the court that Sheehan had been moved between three prisons since being in custody convicted last November in connection with the shooting, for his own safety.