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Brothers jailed for shooting girl, six, in city feud; COURTS.

Byline: By KATHRYN HAYES

TWO brothers were jailed yesterday for opening fire on a rival gang and injuring a six-year-old girl.

Christopher Curtin was sentenced to seven years for his role in the attack.

The 39-year-old, from Southill in Limerick, pleaded guilty to having a 12-gauge Lamber semiautomatic shotgun and 11 rounds of ammo in the city on May 31.

His brother Paul, 28, of Rearcross in Co Tipperary, was jailed for three years.

Their 45-year-old uncle Eric Curtain, from Kilteely in Co Limerick, received a five-year suspended sentence.

He pleading guilty to possession of the shotgun for an unlawful purpose.

The Circuit Criminal Court had heard Christopher Curtin fired two shots at a grey Audi parked near his father's house.

Members of the rival McCarthy-Dundon gang were inside but got away uninjured.

However, the girl who was playing in the front garden of a house was grazed on the ankle by a shotgun pellet.

Before sentencing Judge Carroll Moran said the girl was "very lucky not to have been injured".

Garda Paraig O'Dwyer said the shooting was linked to a feud between the McCarthy Dundon and Curtin gangs which has led to violent incidents.

Gda O'Dwyer described Christopher Curtin as a "violent individual who operates an organised criminal gang in Limerick city".

Curtin has a number of previous convictions and escaped from custody in the 1980s before fleeing the country for 10 years.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 11, 2009
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