Wednesday 18 September 2019

Boy caught on CCTV showing off gun he bought 'to look cool'

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Tom Tuite

A 17-year-old-old youth told gardaí he bought a stolen shotgun to "look cool", a court heard yesterday.

The teenager was arrested after he was observed on a live CCTV feed showing off the weapon to other youths, Dublin Children's Court was told.

He pleaded guilty to two counts under the Firearms Act of unlawful possession of a Winchester shotgun and 39 rounds of ammunition at the Grand Canal, in Bluebell, Dublin on the morning of August 31 this year.

After lodging a signed plea, he was sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing.

He will face his next hearing there today.

His solicitor Matthew Kenny told the court he wanted the case to be listed for sentencing before the boy turns 18, when he will be an adult and no longer treated as a juvenile. The offence carries a maximum 14-year sentence.

In an outline of the evidence, Detective Garda Laura O'Brien told Judge John O'Connor that between 9.55am and 10.30am, the boy was observed along the Grand Canal on a live feed monitored by Waterways Ireland CCTV.

He was met by two others and was seen motioning towards them as though he was aiming a gun.

He then entered bushes with the other two for a minute and recovered a canvas gun bag.

He walked up the canal with them and they were joined by a fourth male.

They went back into the bushes again and the defendant was then left alone in the bushes.

The other three males walked along the canal as gardaí were moving in on the defendant.

Det Garda O'Brien said one of them called the accused on his phone to tell him gardaí were coming.

The teenager was seen running away but was arrested following a foot chase.

He made admissions after he was detained.

The 12-gauge shotgun had been taken in a burglary in Rathgar on August 1, 2018.

The detective agreed with Mr Kenny that the teenager admitted he bought the weapon because "he thought he would look cool with it".

Refusing jurisdiction, Judge O'Connor noted that the teenager had a considerable association with criminality.

The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was further remanded in custody.

Irish Independent

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