Sunday 19 November 2017

Man charged after pipe-bomb found by child under a prison officer's car to be served with book of evidence

Dublin District Court
Dublin District Court

Tom Tuite

A 31-YEAR-OLD man, who was charged after a pipe-bomb was found by a child under a prison officer’s car in Dublin, will be served with a book of evidence next week.

Mark O’Shea, who is of no fixed abode but originally from Cork, is accused of unlawful possession of explosives at St Aidan’s Park on June 11 last when an army bomb disposal unit was called out to remove a suspicious device.

Dublin District Court had refused jurisdiction to hear the case after an outline of the evidence was given.

Garda Sergeant Liam Donoghue had told the court it was alleged the accused walked into the driveway of the house with a pipe bomb in a bag and left it under a car.

The device was found by a child, aged 8, who picked it up and brought it inside to his grandparents who looked at it and handed it another man.

He began to open it and ball bearings fell out at which the house was evacuated.

The accused, who is in custody on remand, faced his latest hearing at Cloverhill District Court via video-link. Judge Victor Blake was told by a solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions that the book of evidence had been completed.

Judge Blake further remanded the accused in custody to appear again on Tuesday when he will be served with it and sent forward for trial to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

At his first hearing Garda Sergeant Donoghue had told the court that Mr O’Shea “make no reply” when charged.

The offence is contrary to the Explosive Act as amended by the Offences Against the State Act.

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