Thursday 23 February 2017

Two found with gun haul jailed

Conor Gallagher

TWO men caught with handguns in their car were jailed for a total of 11 years yesterday.

Michael Collins (42), of Raheen Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin; and Christopher O'Brien (37), of Thornville Terrace, Kilbarrack, Dublin, admitted possessing four Glock 9mm handguns, a box containing 100 bullets, and several clips of ammunition for the weapons.

The guns were all in excellent condition and two had been converted to fire automatically.

The men were caught just after O'Brien handed over a bag of guns to Collins at Newlands Road in Ballyfermot, on February 2, 2008.

Judge Katherine Delahunt at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court imposed a six-year sentence on Collins and a five-year sentence on O'Brien. She said the crime was a serious one and they had been "transporting lethal weapons across the city of Dublin."

She noted O'Brien had entered an early guilty plea, while Collins entered a guilty plea on a trial date.

Det Gda Nicola Lowrey told the court gardai had received a tip-off about the guns and set up a surveillance operation.

O'Brien admitted in interview to transporting the guns. He claimed he had been asked to do a job and there was to be a "nice few bob in it for him." He said he did not know what was in the bag and he did not look inside. Collins had refused to answer any questions.

Irish Independent

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