Thursday 24 August 2017

Date set for trial of Jim Mansfield Jr (49) over ammunition charges

Jim Mansfield Jr
Jim Mansfield Jr

Andrew Phelan

A DATE has been set for the trial of a son of late billionaire hotel boss Jim Mansfield who is facing ammunition charges.

Jim Mansfield Jr (49) will be tried at Dublin District Court in June, accused of unlawful possession of ammunition at his home in the south of the county.

A similar case against his brother PJ Mansfield related to a separate search was adjourned.

The accused are sons of Jim Mansfield Snr, who passed away in January 2014.

He was the businessman behind the Citywest Hotel, Weston Airport and a number of other high-profile ventures. Several of these other businesses collapsed in the recession.

Jim Mansfield Jr  is charged with having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart. He has pleaded not guilty.

Today, defence barrister Tony McGillicuddy said the hearing would take a full day and would require video viewing equipment for CCTV evidence.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case to June 12 and remanded Jim Mansfield Jr on continuing bail.

In the case of PJ Mansfield, another judge had previously refused jurisdiction to deal with his charge at district court level. He is facing trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction than the district court.

PJ Mansfield (39) is accused of possession of 1,257 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwater Lakes in Saggart on January 29, 2015.

He has also pleaded not guilty.

PJ Mansfield had been excused from attending court today. Mr McGillicuddy said a letter had been furnished to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration before the book of evidence is served.

He asked the judge to adjourn that case for four weeks, for mention on the next date.

Judge Smyth remanded PJ Mansfield on continuing bail in his absence to appear in court next month. He said the accused had to be present on that date.

Mr McGillicuddy said Mr Mansfield would be notified by his solicitor.

Previously, the court heard it was alleged gardai found a total of 1,557 .22 Walther bullets in a search of PJ Mansfield’s house at Coldwater Lakes.

Ammunition was found in a gun safe, a wardrobe and a garage, gardai said.

Of the Walther bullets found, a total of 1,257 was in excess of what was permitted under licence, it was alleged.

Gardai also found a Walther pistol loaded with one bullet behind a picture hanging above the bed in the master bedroom, the court heard.

A shotgun was found in A shotgun was found in the gun safe and both firearms were legally licenced.

No details of the allegations against Jim Mansfield Jr have been heard yet.

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