Sunday 22 April 2018

Gardai object to bail application by Dublin mother (20) with having gun in Connolly station

Nikita Murtagh from Mariners Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, is charged with unlawful possession of a CZ model 70 semi-automatic pistol, two rounds of 7.65 Browning calibre ammunition and a shotgun cartridge
Nikita Murtagh from Mariners Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, is charged with unlawful possession of a CZ model 70 semi-automatic pistol, two rounds of 7.65 Browning calibre ammunition and a shotgun cartridge

Daniel Hickey

Gardai are objecting to a bail application at the non-jury Special Criminal Court by a 20-year-old woman charged with having a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition at Connolly train station in Dublin.

Nikita Murtagh (20), with an address at Mariners Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, is 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 at Connolly Station on July 19 last.

Garda Marguerite Reilly told counsel for the State, Gareth Baker SC, today that she was objecting to bail on two grounds.

She said it was her belief that the refusal of bail was necessary to prevent the commission of a further serious offence.

She also told the court that the accused woman was a "flight risk".

Ms Murtagh also gave evidence. Asked by her counsel Michael O'Higgins SC would she commit a serious offence if she was granted bail, she said that she "would never do something like that".

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, sitting with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge James Faughnan, adjourned the hearing until Wednesday morning in order for the defence to provide some documentation to the State.

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