Builder had rifle outside Four Courts
A PROPERTY developer caught with a rifle outside the Four Courts after his business "went down the drain" has avoided a jail sentence.
Widower Padraig Hennessy (44), a father of three with an address at The Commons, Gowran, Co Kilkenny, had pleaded guilty to possessing a bolt-action .22 calibre rifle without a licence at Inn's Quay, in Dublin, on September 5.
At the Dublin District Court yesterday Judge Hugh O'Donnell noted the defendant had no prior criminal convictions and that the rifle was not loaded
He imposed a 12-month probation bond on Hennessy.
The court heard that passing Army personnel noticed Hennessy at the Four Courts "sitting in a jeep with a rifle". Gardai were alerted and found Hennessy's vehicle unoccupied but the rifle still inside.
The defendant was arrested when he returned to the vehicle.
He had removed the bolt from the unloaded rifle before travelling to Dublin, the court heard.
Defence solicitor Murrough O'Rourke said his client 's wife had died a year ago. Hennessy had "not been given title to some property" and his business "went down the drain".