A man who bought a firearm and ammunition over the Internet to use as protection against burglars and stored the items in his child’s wardrobe has been given a suspended sentence.
Loyal Sequeria (28), who worked in IT, also stole an unfinished Irish passport from his work place with the intention of giving it to someone to scan a photograph onto it so they could get a job.
Sequeria (28) of Cypress Garth, Templeogue, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful possession of a blank firing EKOL Firat Magnum 9mm gun and ammunition at his home on October 20, 2014. He also pleaded guilty to stealing an unfinished Irish passport on a date unknown between January 2014 and October 2014.
Garda Enda Dowling told prosecuting counsel Anne-Marie Lawlor BL, that he found the blank Irish passport in a camera bag in Sequeria’s child’s bedroom. A further search uncovered gun and 93 rounds of ammunition in the child’s wardrobe.
Sequeria, who has one previous road traffic conviction, initially told gardai the passport was from his work place and that he had to check the chip in it. Later, he admitted he stole it from the shredding area in his office with the intention of giving it to someone to falsify in order to get a job.
He told gardai he purchased the firearm and ammunition over the Internet as his house had been broken into before and he wanted it for protection.
Defence counsel Keith Spencer BL, said Sequeria was not aware he required a licence to have the gun, which he described as a gun for firing blanks.
He said the defendant had the gun and ammunition sent by mail from an overseas company and it cost him €167.
He said the IT worker took an opportunity at his work place and stole the blank passport but that he was not going to get any money from giving it to another person.
Judge Martin Nolan noted that Gda Dowling agreed with Mr Spencer that it is unlikely that Sequeria will come before the courts again and handed him a two and a half year sentence which he suspended for two years.