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A man arrested following a suspected foiled hit to avenge the murder of his son has pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm.

Stephen Little (46) was one of three men detained last September when members of the emergency response unit (ERU) swooped on two cars in north Dublin during a surveillance operation.

His son, Sean Little (22), was shot dead in Walshestown, near Balbriggan, the previous May as part of an escalating feud.

He appeared before the Special Criminal Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol on Lein Road in Harmonstown, Dublin 5, on September 14, 2019.

Stephen Little was remanded in custody to appear again before the non-jury court next month via video link to fix a date for sentencing.

Intelligence

He was arrested by members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau after gardaí received intelligence that a 27-year-old Dublin criminal was to be targeted.

This individual had been blamed for involvement in the Little murder and even took a lie-detector test to back-up his claims of innocence.

After being arrested during the operation, Stephen Little told detectives: "Had you given me another hour, I would have killed the b*****d that killed him.

"I have lost my marriage and my son."

He was tracked by officers along with two other men driving in a Toyota Avensis from the city centre to Lein Park. When they arrived, one man got out of the car and got into a parked Audi A4.

When the ERU attempted to intercept the Toyota moments later it took off at speed and collided with an unmarked Garda vehicle, injuring a number of officers and causing considerable damage.

A search of the Audi led to balaclavas, petrol canisters and the firearm being recovered. Co-accused Edward McDonnell (55), with an address in New Ross, Co Wexford, will appear in court again next month.

He has pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger.

Gardaí believe that Sean Little was shot dead as part of a north Dublin feud which has so far claimed five lives.

Irish Independent