Tuesday 28 January 2020

Man remanded in custody for possessing handgun

Tom Tuite

A 43-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with possessing a handgun in connection with an armed raid at a credit union in Dublin on Friday evening.

Derek Murphy of Springdale Road, Raheny, Dublin is accused of having a handgun at St Samsons Court, Balgriffin, in north Co. Dublin on November 16.

On Friday evening, two men held up the credit union in Portmarnock armed with a gun and made off with a quantity of cash. They were confronted by a Garda on patrol in the area. Shots were fired at the Garda, who was not injured, before a car was hi-jacked.

Two men were arrested following the incident and today Derek Murphy appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court wearing a light coloured check shirt, cream trousers and carrying a blue jacket.

Garda Brian Pentony told the court that when the charge of possessing a handgun was put to him at Coolock garda station on Sunday evening, Mr Murphy replied: “On the advise of my solicitor I was advised to remain silent.”

Judge McNamara was told that Mr Murphy is in receipt of social welfare and that he was not applying for bail today.

He was granted legal aid and remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill court on Thursday.

As he was being led away, he waved to three people who were sitting in the public gallery in the court during the brief hearing.

A second man was still being questioned today in connection with the incident.

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