Thursday 29 September 2016

Man additionally charged with possession of 78 rounds of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition, court hears

Daniel Hickey

Published 07/07/2016 | 12:44

Stock photo: Getty
Stock photo: Getty

A Donegal man who was charged with possession of firearms and IRA membership before the Special Criminal Court in March has been additionally charged with possession of ammunition.

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Shane Rowan (39), of Forest Park, Killygordan, County Donegal was today charged with the possession of 78 rounds of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition at the same address on March 9th this year.

Detective Garda Leanne Cruise, of the Special Detective Unit, told the court that she met Mr Rowan at the court today, where she read over the charge to the accused man, before cautioning him.

Mr Rowan made no reply, she told the court. 

Previously, Mr Rowan was charged with the possession of three assault rifles, including a Chinese Type 56, a Romanian PM63 and a Zastava M70, as well as three magazines suitable for use in each rifle, at Tuiterath, Balrath, Slane, County Meath on March 9th.

He was also charged with possession of 75 rounds of assorted manufactured 7.62 by 39mm calibre ammunition at the same place on the same date.

Additionally, Mr Rowan was charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, also on the same date.

The book of evidence for all four charges was served on Mr Rowan today and the court heard that his case will be heard on July 19th.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded the accused man in custody until that date.

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