Saturday 24 February 2018

New father charged over gunshot that hit Ciara (21) in the neck

Ganin Sheehan Photo: Provision
Ganin Sheehan Photo: Provision
Ciara Sheehan, who is not related to Gavin Sheehan
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A new father was charged with the reckless discharge of a firearm after an incident in which a Cork woman was injured last Sunday.

Gavin Sheehan (29), of Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork, appeared before the District Court charged with three different offences. The court heard he recently became a father.

Judge Aingeal Ní Chondúin was told by Det Garda Pat Condon that Mr Sheehan made no reply when he was arrested, cautioned and charged at Gurranabraher garda station.

He is charged with possession of a firearm, possession of one round of 9mm ammunition and the discharge of a firearm while being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not.

The charges relate to addresses at Hollywood, Knocknaheeny, Cork, and Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork. Both charges relate to various times in a 24-hour period from May 15. The firearm specified in one charge is a Smith & Wesson Model 6096 pistol.

Ciara Sheehan (21), who is no relation to the accused, sustained a serious injury to her neck last Sunday. She underwent emergency surgery in Cork University Hospital and is now in a stable condition.She is making a good recovery from her injury.

The young shop worker and Cork College of Commerce student was inside a friend's home watching TV when she was injured shortly after 12.30am last Sunday.

Judge Ní Chondúin was told by Inspector John Deasy, for the State, that there was an objection to bail. Mr Sheehan's defence solicitor pointed out to the court there would be no bail application at the current time. However, Mr Sheehan's legal team were reserving their position as to a possible future bail application.

Judge Ní Chondúin granted free legal aid after hearing that Mr Sheehan is currently unemployed and in receipt of job seekers allowance.

Mr Sheehan, who recently became a father, did not speak during the brief hearing.

Judge Ní Chondúin appointed Mr James MacGuill as defence solicitor. She remanded Mr Sheehan to appear again before Cork District Court via video link on May 25 next.

The court heard that gardaí are awaiting further instructions from the DPP in relation to the matter.

Irish Independent

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