Thursday 13 December 2018

Man remanded after gun and bullets seized

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Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

A 31-year-old man has been remanded in custody after being charged in relation to a firearm seizure in Dublin over the weekend.

Paul Beatty appeared before a special sitting of Dublin District Court yesterday after a revolver was recovered in the Ballybough area.

Two men were also detained by detectives in the operation that targeted organised crime and threats to life in the Dublin region.

Yesterday, Detective Garda Enda Gormley of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told the court that Mr Beatty, of Eugene Street, Dublin 8, was arrested last Sunday at 5.33pm at Mountjoy garda station.

He was then charged in the presence of Sgt Joe Healy at 6.33pm. He was charged with possession of a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and possession of five rounds of ammunition, under the Firearms Act, at Charlemont Parade, Ballybough on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Beatty made no reply when the charges were put to him. There was no application made for bail, and he was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court at 10.30am tomorrow.

Gardaí also made no objection to free legal aid, which was granted by Judge Bernadette Owens.

The accused did not address the court, but signalled to his solicitor that he could not hear as gardaí gave evidence in the brief hearing.

A 27-year-old man who was arrested in relation to the investigation has since been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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