Friday 20 July 2018

Man on gun charges to take up bail

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Photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

Eimear Cotter

A childcare worker charged in connection with the seizure of assault rifles, silencers and ammunition was expected to take up his bail last night after a court approved two independent sureties on his behalf.

Joseph Jones (29) is charged with possession of two assault rifles and 744 rounds of ammunition. He and his co-accused, Alan Donoghue (32), were arrested by armed detectives in the Ratoath area of Co Meath last week.

Mr Donoghue, of St Oliver's Park in Ratoath, is charged with possession of two semi-automatic pistols, two silencers and 40 rounds of ammunition on March 24.

Mr Jones, of Rathlodge Estate in Ashbourne, Co Meath, was before Cloverhill court in custody with consent to bail, while Mr Donoghue was previously refused bail.

Detective Garda Paul Kane said the DPP's directions were outstanding on the charges.

Defence lawyers Laurence Baxter and Emer Ni Chuagain said there was consent to a two-week adjournment for the DPP's directions.

Mr Baxter asked the court to approve Mr Jones's father Thomas Jones as an independent surety, as well as a second man who said he was a friend of the defendant. Both sureties were in the sum of €25,000. Mr Baxter said Mr Jones hoped to take up his bail last night.

As part of his bail terms, Mr Jones must provide his own bond of €10,000 of which €5,000 must be cash. He must sign on twice daily, obey a curfew and provide a mobile phone number to gardaí. He must also surrender his passport and not apply for a new one. Judge Blake remanded Mr Donoghue in custody to appear before Cloverhill court on April 14.

Irish Independent

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