Thursday 29 September 2016

Young father charged with reckless discharge of firearm after Ciara Sheehan seriously injured

Published 18/05/2016 | 11:43

Scene of incident with (inset left; accused Gavin Sheehan and right; Ciara Sheehan)
Scene of incident with (inset left; accused Gavin Sheehan and right; Ciara Sheehan)

A YOUNG father was charged with the reckless discharge of a firearm after an incident in which a Cork woman was injured last Sunday.

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Gavin Sheehan (29) of Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork appeared before the District Court today charged with three different offences.

The charges were brought under the Firearms Act, 1964 and the Firearms and Offences Weapons Act, 1990.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin was told by Det Garda Pat Condon that Mr Sheehan made no reply when he was arrested, cautioned and charged at Gurranabraher Garda Station today.

Gavin Sheehan who appeared at Cork Court on gun charges.
Pic: Provision
Gavin Sheehan who appeared at Cork Court on gun charges. Pic: Provision

He is charged with possession of a firearm, possession of one round of 9mm ammunition and the the discharge of a firearm while being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not.

The charges relate to addresses at Hollywood, Knocknaheeny, Cork and Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork.

Ciara Sheehan
Ciara Sheehan

The charges relate to various times on May 15.

The firearm specified in one charge is a Smith & Wesson Model 6096 semi-automatic pistol.

Ciara Sheehan in hospital following her shooting last Sunday morning
Ciara Sheehan in hospital following her shooting last Sunday morning

Ciara Sheehan (21), who is no relation to the accused, sustained a serious injury to her neck last Sunday.

She underwent emergency surgery in Cork University Hospital (CUH) and is now in a stable condition.

She is making a good recovery from her injury.

The young shop worker and Cork College of Commerce student was inside a friend's home watching TV when she was injured.

Judge Ni Chonduin was told by Inspector John Deasy for the State that there was an objection to bail.

Mr Sheehan's defence solicitor said there would be no bail application at the current time though they were reserving their position as to a possible future application.

Judge Ni Chonduin granted free legal aid after hearing that Mr Sheehan is currently unemployed and in receipt of job seekers allowance.

Mr Sheehan, who appeared in court wearing a white jumper and blue denims, did not speak during the brief hearing.

He is the father of a newly born infant.

Mr Sheehan briefly acknowledged friends and family members in the public gallery before leaving the court.

Judge Ni Chonduin appointed Mr James McGuill as defence solicitor.

She remanded Mr Sheehan to appear again before Cork District Court via video link on May 25 next.

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