Tuesday 12 December 2017

Monaghan man pleads guilty to firearm possession

Brian Kavanagh

A Co Monaghan man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to the possession of a sawn-off shotgun and two cartridges over two years ago.

Eamon Lennon (36), of Iniskeen, Co Monaghan, this morning pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a sawn-off 12 gauge side by side shotgun at Ecco Road, Dundalk, Co Louth on the August 8 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of two 12 gauge Eley shotgun cartridges at the same address on the same date.

Mr Lennon was remanded in custody at the Special Criminal Court in September on foot of a bench warrant.

Ms Una Ni Raifeartaigh SC, for the State, said the plea was acceptable to the prosecution and asked to enter a “Nolle Prosequi”, in other words not proceed with a remaining count against Lennon of membership of an unlawful organisation.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge William Hamill, remanded the accused man in custody to appear before the non-jury court for sentence on December 6 next.

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