A 32-year-old, with a Fordstown, Kells, address was jailed for seven years, with the final year suspended, at Wexford Circuit Court last month after he was convicted of possessing a black Glock semi-automatic pistol and a silver-coloured .38 calibre revolver in north Wexford on March 15, 2018.

Leon Sharlott, Old Forge, Fordstown, was the third of three men to be brought before the courts following a dramatic Garda raid on a council yard on the outskirts of Gorey.

Gardaí across Leinster were in a state of heightened alert at the time the weapons were seized due to a series of ongoing gun attacks and murders linked to the Hutch/Kinahan feud.

Sharlott pleaded not guilty. but DNA evidence and a photograph showing the defendant with part of his ear missing, which matched evidence given by a man who gave him a lift on his way back to Dublin after the Garda operation saw a jury convict him.

The same defect with his ear, since repaired, could be seen on CCTV footage painstakingly collected from various locations.

The footage showed Sharlott preparing to come to Gorey or making his escape from the scene after evading Gardaí on the night in question.

A noticeable chunk measuring 3cm in length and 1.5 cm wide was bitten off Sharlott’s ear in an attack in a fight at a carnival in Parnell Park in 2017.