Monday 16 July 2018

Dublin woman accused of firearms offences will face trial at Special Criminal Court

Nikita Murtagh is charged with unlawful possession of a gun
Nikita Murtagh is charged with unlawful possession of a gun

Alison O'Riordan

A Dublin woman charged with unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition on a Dublin to Belfast train will face trial at the Special Criminal Court.

Judges today granted an application by the DPP to try Nikita Murtagh (20) at the non-jury court.

In July, at Dublin District Court, Ms Murtagh, with an address at Mariners Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, was charged with unlawful possession of a CZ model 70 semi-automatic pistol, two rounds of 7.65 Browning calibre ammunition and a shotgun cartridge.

The items were allegedly recovered by gardai on a Dublin to Belfast train at Connolly Station on July 19 last.

At today's brief hearing, State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan said that the DPP was applying to the court to make an order under Section 49 of the Offences Against the State Act that Ms Murtagh be tried before the Special Criminal Court.

The DPP can direct an accused face trial in the three-judge court if it deems “the ordinary courts are inadequate for effective administration of justice”.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge James Faughnan made the order.

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