Thursday 18 January 2018

Man appears in court after seizure of handgun and ammunition from car

Gardai File Picture
Gardai File Picture

Andrew Phelan

A MAN has appeared in court on firearms charges following the seizure of a handgun and ammunition from a car at the weekend.

Richard O’Reilly (31) was charged in connection with the find near the Naas Road dual carriageway in south west Dublin.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded him in custody until Thursday after no bail application was made on his behalf.

Mr O’Reilly, with an address at Windmill Road, Crumlin, is charged with unlawful possession of a Glock 26 handgun and 14 rounds of ammunition on Saturday, June 18.

He is also charged with possession of a stolen Volkswagen Golf car on the same date.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Walkinstown Avenue.

Detective Garda Ian Pemberton of the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told Dublin District Court he arrested the defendant at Crumlin station yesterday, June 19 at 9.55pm.

He was present when the defendant was charged at 11.05pm. He made no reply to any of the charges after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Det Gda Pemberton said he would be objecting to bail.

Defence solicitor Anarine McAllister said she was not applying for bail at this time and was consenting to the accused being remanded in custody.

Judge Walsh granted free legal aid after hearing the defendant was not working and there was no garda objection.

The accused, wearing a black hooded top, white tshirt and navy tracksuit bottoms, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Judge Walsh remanded Mr O’Reilly in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.

According to gardai, two cars were stopped by investigating officers on Saturday.

One car was stopped on the Naas Dual carriageway shortly before 3pm and during course of a search of the car, a firearm and ammunition were alleged to have been recovered.

Shortly afterwards a second car was stopped on the Long Mile Road, Dublin 12. Two men were arrested and both were detained under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

A second man released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

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