Tuesday 16 January 2018

Men charged with firearms and IRA membership offences

Brian Kavanagh

TWO men have appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court this morning charged with the possession of two handguns in Dublin’s south inner city.

Patrick Kennedy (65) and Gary Yeung (31) were arrested by gardai on Saturday afternoon on James Street in Dublin city centre as part of ongoing investigations in to the activities of dissident republicans in Dublin and Limerick.

The pair were both charged with the unlawful possession of a .455 Colt model “New Service” revolver and a .455 Calibre Webley Mark 6 revolver bearing serial number 324736 at James Street, Dublin 8 on Saturday, September 14th, 2013.

Mr Yeung, with an address at Bawnmore View, Crossagalla, Limerick was also charged with the possession of one round of .22-250 calibre Sako make ammunition and one round of .357 Mag calibre CBC make ammunition at his home address on the same date.

Mr Kennedy, with an address at South Earl Street, Dublin 8 was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 14th, 2013.

Detective Garda David Kiely told State Solicitor Mr Michael O’Donovan that he formally arrested Gary Yeung shortly after ten o’clock last night at Orchard Lane, Clondalkin. 

He told Mr O’Donovan that at the time of the arrest he believed the accused man, who appeared before the court wearing a black zip-up top and jeans, had committed the offences of which he is charged.

Det Gda Kiely said that when he again met Mr Yenug in the precincts of the court this morning and cautioned him, the accused man replied he had “nothing to say”.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce gave evidence to the court of the arrest and caution of Mr Kennedy, who appeared before the court wearing a grey jumper and blue shirt.

Counsel for Mr Yeung, Mr Keith Spencer BL, told the court that his client wished to make a bail application today.

However, Mr O’Donovan said that gardai would not be in a position to deal with a bail application today, as while there was no objection to bail in general, substantial sureties would be required and time would be needed to vet these sureties.

After consulting with his client, Mr Spencer said he would defer making the bail application.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Elizabeth Dunne, sitting with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Margaret Heneghan, remanded both men in custody to appear in court next Friday (September 20th), when it is anticipated applications for bail and legal aid will be made on behalf of both men.

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