Wednesday 18 October 2017

Trial of man accused of possessing firearms and ammunition opens at Special Criminal Court

Photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing
Photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

Daniel Hickey

Detectives found firearms and ammunition while searching a house in Dublin, the prosecution has claimed at the Special Criminal Court trial of a man accused of possession of those items.

Pierce Moran (59) of Church Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, is charged with the unlawful possession of various semi-automatic pistols, including an 8mm Knall calibre Valtro model AP29, a 9mm short calibre CZ model 83, a 9mm calibre Makarov PM and a 9mm short calibre Baikal model IZH79-8, as well as a silencer suitable for use with the Makarov pistol and a 12-gauge Beretta model A.300 semi-automatic, sawn-off shotgun at Church Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 on November 15th, 2014.

Mr Moran is also charged with the possession of various firearm magazines, suitable for use in the pistols from the first charge, at the same address on the same date.

Additionally, he is charged with the possession of assorted ammunition, also at the same address and on the same date.

Opening the prosecution case today, Vincent Heneghan BL told the court that on November 15th, 2014, after receiving confidential information, Detective Sergeant John Kearney obtained a warrant from the District Court to search Mr Moran's home at Church Road, East Wall.

The court will hear evidence that the detective and other gardai went to Church Road, where they met the accused man, and while searching the house found firearms, silencers, magazines and ammunition.

Mr Heneghan said that one of the accused man's garda interviews will form part of the prosecution case.

The rest of the day's proceedings were taken up with legal argument.

The trial continues.

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