Saturday 18 November 2017

Childcare worker charged with possession of AK47 assault rifles in Meath last week

Joseph Jones at Trim Court, Trim, Co. Meath.
Joseph Jones at Trim Court, Trim, Co. Meath.

Claire McCormack

TWO men in their 30s have been charged over a firearms seizure in County Meath last Thursday.

The men, named in court as Joseph Jones and Alan Donohue, appeared before a special sitting of Trim District Court the court yesterday evening.

The court heard that Joseph Jones has worked for the HSE with special needs children for the last number of years.

He was charged with three offences, possession of two AK47 assault rifles and possession of 744 rounds of ammunition. He was granted bail.

It is understood the second accused, Alan Donohue, with an address in Rathoath in Co Meath was charged with five offences - possession of two pistols, two matching silencers and 40 rounds of ammunition.

The third man who was arrested with them, by the Drugs and Organised Crime Unit, is due to be released without charge and a file is to be sent to the DPP.

Heavy security guarded the Trim courthouse with armed officers and the garda helicopter deployed.

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