Sunday 25 September 2016

Mansfield brothers 'were not told' gun licences had been revoked

Eimear Cotter

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr is charged with possession of a pump-action shotgun without a firearm certificate
Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr is charged with possession of a pump-action shotgun without a firearm certificate

Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr and his younger brother did not know their gun and ammunition licences had been cancelled by gardaí, their solicitor has claimed.

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Gardaí never told Jim Mansfield or PJ that their licences had been revoked, solicitor Yvonne Bambury told a court.

Jim Mansfield (48) is accused of having a pump-action shotgun, shotgun cartridges and ammunition without a firearms certificate.

The unlicensed gun and ammunition were allegedly found in the master bedroom after detectives searched Mr Mansfield's Saggart home.

His brother PJ Mansfield (38), who was previously married to former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche, is accused of having more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition without a licence at his home.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matters for six weeks after Ms Bambury asked him to defer jurisdiction pending the full disclosure of documentation by gardaí.

Jim Mansfield Jnr, with an address at Tassaggart House, Garter Lane in Saggart, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of a Fabarm pump-action shotgun without a firearm certificate at his home on January 29, 2015.

He is also accused of possession of 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition and 19 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges without a certificate.

PJ Mansfield is facing a single charge of possession of 1,252 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwinters Lake in Saggart. The court heard that the DPP has directed summary trial in the District Court.

Ms Bambury said her clients will say they both had a firearms licence and the licences were cancelled by gardaí without notifying them. Ms Bambury said she required more information about the revocation of the gun licences by gardaí, prior to jurisdiction being considered.

A State solicitor agreed that some disclosure was outstanding and said gardaí would be asked to address a number of matters raised by Ms Bambury.

Detective Garda Ian Pemberton previously alleged that when gardaí searched Jim Mansfield's home they found a shotgun, 19 rounds of ammunition and a Walther pistol, which was a licensed gun. He claimed Jim Mansfield - who once had a relationship with the late model Katy French - had a licence for 300 rounds of ammunition, but gardaí found 480.

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