Tuesday 12 November 2019

Man in court after 'improvised' gun seized following incident on M50

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Andrew Phelan

By Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court on weapons charges after an “improvised” gun and ammunition were allegedly seized after a traffic incident on the M50.

Jason Maher (42) is alleged to have been in possession of a firearm and ammunition when he was searched in a city garda station.

Judge Michael Walsh granted him bail subject to conditions at Dublin District Court.

Mr Maher, with an address at Fairlawn Park, Finglas, is charged with unlawful possession of an improvised firearm and ammunition at Ballyfermot Garda Station yesterday.

Sgt Ronan Barry told the court he arrested the defendant at the garda station for the purpose of charging him at 12.06pm today. He was charged at 12.10pm and his reply to both charges after caution was: “nothing.”

He was handed copies of the charge sheets.

The court heard there was no objection to bail by gardai, subject to conditions.

Judge Walsh granted bail in Mr Maher’s own bond of €1,000, with no cash lodgement required.

Conditions are that he signs on between 6pm and 9pm every day, stays out of the Ballyfermot area, surrenders his passport, lives at his home address and provides a phone number at which gardai can contact him.

The court heard gardai had already seized his mobile phone as part of the investigation.

Under bail terms, he must also be of good behaviour and sober habits, and commit no further offences.

Sergeant Barry said the DPP had not yet issued directions yet and he believed this would take “a number of weeks.”

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to March 4. He granted free legal aid after Defence Solicitor Aine Flynn said the defendant was not working and on social welfare.

Mr Maher, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and runners, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

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