Thursday 23 February 2017

Man on handgun charge to plead guilty

Linda McGrory

A MAN charged with the unlawful possession of a handgun and ammunition in Co Donegal on Easter Monday yesterday indicated he intended to plead guilty to the offence.

Car salesman John Moran (52) of Serpentine Avenue, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, appeared at Buncrana District Court yesterday charged in connection with an incident in which gardai were allegedly threatened with a revolver as they broke up a row outside a rural pub.

The charge related to a fracas between two groups of people outside the Orchard Bar, Gleneely, Carndonagh, around 12.30am on April 5.

The accused was yesterday released from custody on his own bond of €15,000 cash and an independent surety of €10,000. The independent surety was provided by Philip Bonner of Portaleen, Malin.

The defendant, who has a holiday home near Carndonagh, yesterday surrendered his passport to gardai.

Judge Seamus Hughes agreed to allow the accused reside and work in the North during the week. Defence solicitor Paudge Dorrian told the court his client intended to enter a guilty plea to the charge. Judge Hughes adjourned the case to Carndonagh District Court on June 15.

Irish Independent

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