Saturday 18 August 2018

Man allegedly caught with sub-machine gun in Dublin claims 'law system is a joke'

Brendan Ward was arrested as part of Operation Thor
Brendan Ward was arrested as part of Operation Thor

Eimear Cotter

A Dublin man allegedly caught with a sub-machine gun and ammunition in a garda raid is to face trial.

Brendan Ward (38) replied "the law system is a joke" after being further charged at Blanchardstown District Court.

He was arrested as part of Operation Thor by gardai and plain-clothes detectives attached to Finglas Garda Station.

The accused, of Barry Drive in Finglas, is charged with the unlawful possession of a sub-machine gun.

The incident took place at Barry Drive on August 17 last year.

Mr Ward is also accused of having unlawful possession of 49 rounds of Parabellum Sellier and Bellot ammunition and 28 rounds of 9mm Parabellum CBC mark ammunition.

He is further charged with possession of cocaine, cannabis, MDMA and heroin, as well as having the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply at the same time and place.

Value

Mr Ward is also facing a charge under Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, where the alleged value of the drugs is greater than €13,000.

Gardai previously estimated the street value of the drugs in this seizure was in the region of €500,000.

Garda Gary Brennan said that he further charged Mr Ward before the court. He was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and in reply after caution he said: "The law system is a joke."

The officer said the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment in the circuit court on the charges.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said there was no objection to an adjournment to December for the book of evidence.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Ward must sign on at his local garda station and be contactable by gardai at all times.

Mr Ward has not yet indicated how he will be pleading to the charges.

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