Friday 13 December 2019

Fingerprints in hotel room match those of man accused of possessing explosive substance, Special Criminal Court hears

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Daniel Hickey

Fingerprints lifted from a Lucan hotel room match those of a Northern Irish man accused of possessing an explosive substance, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The court has previously heard that detonator cord containing an explosive substance was also found in the hotel room.

Samuel Devlin (55), with an address at Golf Suite, Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan, Co Dublin has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of the explosive substance (PETN) at the same address on May 11, 2014.

It is the prosecution's case that Mr Devlin booked himself into the chalet at Finnstown House Hotel using a false name and that an explosive substance was found in the chalet while he was residing there.

Today/Yesterday (Wed), Detective Garda Niall Lannon, of the Garda Technical Bureau's fingerprint section, told prosecuting counsel Tara Burns SC that he examined fingerprints found on a Dell laptop.

Previously, the court has heard that the laptop was seized during the search of the chalet at Finnstown House.

Det Gda Lannon compared the fingerprints to a set taken from Mr Devlin, the court heard.

There is "no doubt" the fingerprints matched, he said. 

Detective Garda Ernie Fraser, also of the Garda Technical Bureau's fingerprint section, told the court that he lifted fingerprints from a door in the chalet at Finnstown House. 

After comparing the fingerprints with a set taken from Mr Devlin, the detective concluded both sets were made by the same left little finger, the court heard.

The trial continues.

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