Saturday 19 January 2019

Dubliner admits to possession of gun and silencer in armed gardaí swoop

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Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A DUBLIN man has admitted to possession of a Beretta handgun and silencer following a confrontation with armed gardai in which detectives opened fire on a van.

Andrew O’Keeffe (28) pleaded guilty to having the 9mm handgun and silencer before the Special Criminal Court this morning.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge Michael Walsh, remanded O'Keeffe in custody for sentencing on July 24.

The defendant, with an address at Drumcliff Road, Cabra West, replied "guilty" when the charge was put to him.

He admitted to possession of a Beretta handgun and silencer at Kylemore Way in Ballyfermot on September 6, 2017.

O’Keeffe was arrested following an incident in west Dublin during which shots were fired by officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

A van was intercepted by officers from the Special Crime Task Force at about 3pm.

The van crashed into a patrol car before it came to a halt.

A gun and silencer were subsequently retrieved.

Nobody was injured and according to gardai, a second vehicle thought to be involved in the incident fled from the scene. 

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