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Kinsale Lifeboat Volunteer Jailed On Drugs Charges

26th November 2018
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Liam O'Connell was among the RNLI volunteers who helped rescue 30 crew from the shipwrecked Astrid, pictured here in July 2016 Liam O'Connell was among the RNLI volunteers who helped rescue 30 crew from the shipwrecked Astrid, pictured here in July 2016 Photo: Chris Bateman

One of the Kinsale RNLI volunteers honoured for their role in the rescue of 30 crew from the tall ship Astrid in July 2013 has been jailed for seven years on drug distrubution charges.

As The Irish Times reports, Liam O’Connell was sentenced to 10 years with three suspended after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis, cocaine and MDMA for sale or supply at his home just over a year ago.

At sentencing, the judge said O’Connell has exploited his status in the Kinsale community as an RNLI volunteer to participate in the drugs trade.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

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