Thursday 23 January 2020

Date set for trial of Jim Mansfield Jr on ammunition charges

Jim Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins
Jim Mansfield Jr. Photo: Collins
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A new date has been set for the trial of a son of the late billionaire hotel boss Jim Mansfield on ammunition charges.

Jim Mansfield Jr (49) will be tried at Dublin District Court in November, accused of unlawful possession of ammunition at his home in the south of the county.

The case was due to be heard before the non-jury court this month but has been delayed by legal and administrative issues.

These have now been addressed and Judge Kathryn Hutton has set the new date.

A similar case against the accused's brother, PJ Mansfield, relating to a separate search is before another court.

The accused are sons of Jim Mansfield Snr, who died in January 2014.

He was the businessman behind the Citywest Hotel, Weston Airport, and a number of other high-profile ventures, several of which collapsed in the recession.

Jim Mansfield Jr is charged with having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart, Co Dublin. He has pleaded not guilty. The hearing is expected to take a full day and will include CCTV evidence.

Judge Hutton adjourned the case in his absence to November 27. Mr Mansfield was not required to be present.

In the case of PJ Mansfield, another judge previously refused jurisdiction to deal with his charge at District Court level. He is currently facing trial by judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

PJ Mansfield (39) is accused of possession of 1,257 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwater Lakes, Saggart, on January 29, 2015.

He has also pleaded not guilty.

Irish Independent

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