Saturday 24 February 2018

Dublin woman (38) to face trial for possessing revolver and ammunition

Niamh Fitzpatrick (38), of O'Rahilly House, Ringsend, Dublin 4, at court where she was sent for trial on charges of possession of two firearms charges for unlawful possession of one round of Remington .38 special calibre ammunition and a Smith & Wesson revolver at her home address on Feb 2016.
Niamh Fitzpatrick (38), of O'Rahilly House, Ringsend, Dublin 4, at court where she was sent for trial on charges of possession of two firearms charges for unlawful possession of one round of Remington .38 special calibre ammunition and a Smith & Wesson revolver at her home address on Feb 2016.

Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN woman has been sent forward for trial for possessing a revolver and ammunition.

Niamh Fitzpatrick (38), of O'Rahilly House, Ringsend, Dublin 4, originally faced two firearms charges for unlawful possession of one round of Remington .38 special calibre ammunition and a Smith & Wesson revolver at her home address on February 13.

Two further charges were later put to her - for unlawful possession of heroin and possessing the drug for the purpose of sale or supply.

The fresh charges are under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Judge Anthony Halpin was told that the new charges arose from "the same incident".

He was told the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed that Ms Fitzpatrick is to face trial on indictment on all the charges, meaning her case will go before a judge and jury in the circuit court, which has wider sentencing powers.

She has not yet indicated how she will plead.

She was served with a book of evidence and Judge Halpin told her she must notify the prosecution if she intends to use an alibi in her defence.

Judge Halpin granted the DPP's request to send her forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where she will face her next hearing on October 6.

The judge remanded her on continuing bail.

Bail conditions had been set earlier, requiring her own bond of €1,000 and a €5,000 independent surety.

She has had to surrender her passport to the authorities and must sign on twice a week at a garda station.

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