Thursday 18 January 2018

Mother-of-one faces trial on railway station gun charges

Nikita Murtagh is charged with unlawful possession of a gun
Nikita Murtagh is charged with unlawful possession of a gun

Andrew Phelan

A mother-of-one is facing trial accused of bringing a loaded gun to a Dublin railway station.

Nikita Murtagh (20) had the case against her adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence, after a judge ruled it was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Ms Murtagh, from Mariner's Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin, is charged with unlawful possession of a CZ model semi-automatic pistol with two rounds of 7.65 Browning calibre ammunition and one shotgun cartridge.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Connolly Station on July 19.

Ms Murtagh had been the subject of a gagging order, which banned the media from naming her. However, Judge Alan Mitchell subsequently discontinued that reporting ban after accepting submissions from the media that there was "no legal basis" for it.

When the case came back before Judge Mitchell, the district court heard the directions of the DPP were still outstanding.

Judge Mitchell refused jurisdiction and the case will be sent to a higher court for trial.

Irish Independent

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