Friday 27 April 2018

Gun charge teen asks judge for passport so he can go on sun holiday

Gardai are planning a major crackdown
Gardai are planning a major crackdown

Andrew Phelan

A teenager accused of possession of a shotgun and dealing drugs has asked a court to return his passport so he can go on a family holiday.

Warren Nolan (19) wanted to have his bail conditions changed to allow him to go to Spain with his grandmother and sister, a court heard.

Judge David McHugh ordered the return of his passport for two weeks as there was no evidence he was a flight risk.

Mr Nolan is charged with unlawful possession of a Remington semi-automatic single-barrelled shotgun.

He is also charged with having cocaine, heroin and cannabis with intent to sell or supply.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Greenfort Avenue, Clondalkin, last June 8.

Sgt John Conway told Blanchardstown District Court that the accused made no reply to the charges after caution and the DPP was directing trial on indictment.

Defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens asked for existing bail conditions to be varied to allow for the return of Mr Nolan's passport.

She said her client, of Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, intended to travel to Spain for a holiday, and he had "never been away before".


Mr Stephens said when bail was fixed previously that there was no evidence of the accused being a flight risk.

"He is a young man of no means - they are not a family of any wealth," she told Judge McHugh.

Sgt Conway objected, saying he had no documentation about the holiday.

Ms Stephens said there were no "concrete plans" as she had advised her client not to book until the court made a determination.

Judge McHugh remarked that Mr Nolan had had free legal aid granted, yet he was proposing to go on a foreign holiday.

"It is to be funded by his grandmother," Ms Stephens said.

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