Monday 20 November 2017

Man charged with possession of handgun and silencer after confrontation with armed gardai

Scene of shots fired at junction of Kylemore Way and Jamestown Rd. Inchicore.
Scene of shots fired at junction of Kylemore Way and Jamestown Rd. Inchicore.

Andrew Phelan

A man has appeared in court charged with possession of a handgun and silencer after a confrontation with armed gardai in which detectives opened fire on a van.

Andrew O’Keeffe (28) was charged with the weapons offences following an incident in west Dublin on Wednesday.

He was remanded in custody for a week after no bail application was made on his behalf.

Mr O’Keeffe, with an address at Drumcliffe Road in Cabra, is charged with unlawful possession of a 9mm beretta handgun, nine rounds of ammunition and a silencer.

He is also charged with possession of the weapons in suspicious circumstances.

The offences, which are under the Firearms Act, are alleged to have happened at Kylemore Way, Inchicore on September 6.

Detective Garda Fiona Connaughton from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told Dublin District Court she arrested the accused for the purpose of charge at Ballyfermot Garda Station after 2pm this afternoon.

He was charged in her presence at 3.41pm and had nothing to say to the charge after caution.

He was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Judge Anthony Halpin asked Det Gda Connaughton if there was an objection to the accused being granted bail.

She replied that there would be an objection and defence solicitor Geraldine Wycherley said she was not making a bail application today.

Judge Halpin remanded Mr O’Keeffe in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on September 13.

The accused will appear via video link at 10am that day.

Judge Halpin granted free legal aid to the accused after Ms Wycherley made an application and handed a statement of Mr O'Keeffe's financial means in to court.

Mr O’Keeffe, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges was dressed in a navy t-shirt, light grey tracksuit bottoms and dark runners.

He remained silent during the brief hearing.

Mr O’Keeffe was arrested following an incident in Inchicore on Wednesday in which a van failed to stop for armed gardai who fired a number of shots. The van crashed into a patrol car before it came to a halt.

A gun and silencer were subsequently retrieved.

Nobody was injured and according to gardai, a second vehicle thought to be involved in the incident fled from the scene.

Special Crime Task Force gardai attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau were involved.

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