Saturday 19 August 2017

'Obsessed' man jailed over firearm collection

Sonya McLean

A Georgian national with "an unhealthy obsession with firearms" has been jailed for possession of a 300-year-old flintlock musket as well as more modern firearms.

David Modebadze (29) was also caught with a loaded semi-automatic shotgun, a Walther semi-automatic pistol, an air rifle, 144 shot gun cartridges and 55 9mm rounds of ammunition. He initially claimed he had them for hunting.

When asked by gardai why the shotgun was loaded, Modebadze replied: "It's a long story."

Modebadze, of Church Road, East Wall, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the shotgun, pistol, cartridges and bullets in suspicious circumstances at his home on April 30, 2012.

Charges of possession of the other guns were taken into account, as was possession of a false Lithuanian passport.

Judge Martin Nolan described him as having an "unhealthy obsession" with guns and jailed him for three and a half years.

Irish Independent

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