Tuesday 20 November 2018

Dad refused bail after being charged with possession of handgun, silencer and ammunition

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Tom Tuite

A father-of-two has been refused bail after being charged with possessing a handgun, a silencer and nine rounds of ammunition at his home in Dublin.

Martin Whelan (52) from Cairn Court, Poppentree, in Ballymun appeared at Dublin District Court on Monday charged with three offences under the Firearms Act. He is accused of unlawfully possessing a Makarov 9mm pistol, a silencer and nine rounds of ammunition at his home address on Sept. 28 last.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday; a decision has yet to be made as to whether he will be granted legal aid.

Garda John Pirollo told Judge Gerard Jones that Mr Whelan, “gave no reply” when he was charged with the offences. The garda also furnished the court to a list of objections to bail.

The court also heard that approximately €300,000 was allegedly seized during the operation.

Dressed in jeans and blue jumper, the accused did not address the court.

Defence solicitor Anarine McAllister pleaded for bail to be granted to her client who has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Several of his family members were in court and there was a proposal that €3,000 could be lodged as bail.

However, Judge Jones noted the seriousness of the charge, evidence that he was caught red-handed and had handed keys to a cabinet to gardai. He also noted that the case related to firearms and a large quantity of cash.

Despite the accused having no warrant history or evidence that he was a flight risk, the Judge said he was refusing bail.

The garda must also set out his objections to legal aid being granted, the judge ordered.

In a follow up operation a second man was arrested on Friday in the Ballymun area and was detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 at a Dublin Garda Station. He was subsequently was released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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