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By DubhEire (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsA young father from Co. Offaly has been jailed for eight years for his part in the killing of 47-year-old Christy Daly two years ago.

Ross Allen of Kilmonaghan Lodge in Clara suspected him of stealing a bag of drugs and played a role in two assassins being brought down from Dublin.


Ross Allen didn’t pull the trigger but a jury felt he did have a hand in the brutal death suffered by Christy Daly, whose beaten and bullet riddled body was found in a drain near his home outside Clara in Jan 2014.

A burnt out car containing 9mm bullets similar to spent bullets found at the scene was found at a nearby quarry.

Mr. Allen, who’s 26, left a bag of drugs near Mr. Daly’s caravan and suspected him of stealing it when he returned to retrieve it.The drugs belonged to a criminal referred to as MR. X during the trial and his suspicions ultimately led to two assassins being called in from Dublin.
Mr. Allen facilitated the hit by retrieving a car and a sawn off shotgun and by acting as a lookout.
He was convicted of manslaughter in May and handed a 10 year sentence today.
Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy described what it as a “very grave offence” but said he had to offer him some light at the end of the tunnel and suspended the final two years.