Wednesday 21 August 2019

Boy accused of having semi-automatic pistol in his home

The Children's Court in Dublin
The Children's Court in Dublin

Tom Tuite

A teenage boy has been accused of possessing a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition at his home in Dublin when he was just 15.

The boy, now aged 16 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Judge Brendan Toale at the Dublin Children's Court yesterday charged with two offences under the Firearms Act. He is accused of unlawful possession of a Walther PPQ 9mm semi-automatic pistol and 11 rounds of 9mm ammunition at his north Dublin on December 3, 2018.

There was no objection to bail with conditions.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended the boy should be tried in the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

However, the Children's Court has the power to accept jurisdiction for serious cases by taking into consideration the age and level of maturity of the accused as well as any other relevant information.

This is provided for under Section 75 of the Children Act.

The teen, who was accompanied to court by his parents and his barrister, was remanded to appear again later this month.

On that day, there will be a preliminary hearing to decide his trial venue.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Garda Desmond McNally who said the teenager had made no reply when charged.

Disclosure of evidence was ordered in the case.

The teenager has not yet indicated to the court how he will plead.

As a condition of his bail, the teenager must reside at his home address.

He must also obey a 10pm to 6am curfew.

Irish Independent

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