Grandmother released after two guns found in bag at airport
Published 15/04/2010 | 05:00
A GRANDMOTHER was released from garda custody last night after two handguns were found in her handbag during an airport search.
The 68-year-old woman told gardai she did not realise the weapons were in her bag.
Shocked security staff at Dublin Airport discovered the guns as her bag was being put through a scanner.
Airport police immediately contacted gardai at Santry when the find was made on Tuesday night and the woman was arrested for questioning.
The suspect, who is from Finglas in north Dublin, was detained overnight at Ballymun garda station under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
She was questioned by detectives throughout yesterday and was released without charge before teatime.
A file will now by prepared by officers for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought against the woman.
The grandmother was about to board a flight to Birmingham shortly after 7pm when the contents of her handbag were scanned.
Inside the bag were a loaded Walther pistol and a second modern pistol, which was not loaded.
The guns were taken away for forensic examination by members of the Garda technical bureau at their headquarters in the Phoenix Park as the woman was being put into custody.
It is understood she accepted responsibility for possession of the guns.
But she said she had not realised that the guns were in the handbag when she arrived at the airport.
She was on her way to visit a close relative in England when the find was made.
Garda investigators last night said they were trying to establish how the woman had access to the guns and why they had been in her handbag.