Mid-Kerry drugs accused witnessed bloodbath homicide as a child

Tralee courthouseTralee Circuit Court has heard a 19 year-old man charged with drugs offences witnessed a brutal homicide as a child and had to deal with appalling family circumstances in his youth. 19 year-old Dylan Scannell of Laurel Avenue, Milltown appeared in relation to the possession of cannabis and other charges relating to the theft of a car. Judge Tom O’Donnell warned the accused that ‘all bets are off’ if he re-offends in the coming weeks while a probation report is awaited. Tralee Circuit Court heard that on February 28th, 2014, a car was stolen from outside the home of a woman in Killarney. A few days later, the vehicle was located in a concealed area near St Finan’s Hospital. Following a garda stakeout, Dylan Scannell and another man were arrested when they turned up at the car with its keys. Separately, cannabis with a street value of €1,840 was found at Mr Scannell’s home and he was arrested. Defence barrister, Brian McInerney, said his client’s family circumstances in his youth were absolutely appalling. He had witnessed a bloodbath as a child when a brutal homicide occurred in his home in which horrific injuries were sustained by the victim. Mr McInerney said a jail sentence would only send Dylan Scannell onto the human waste tip. Judge Tom O’Donnell said he would await a probation report and adjourned the case until January 11th next, adding that if he re-offended in the meantime, ‘all bets are off.’