Sunday 16 December 2018

PJ Mansfield faces trial on bullet charge

(stock photo)
(stock photo)

Jessica Magee

Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield, son of late billionaire Jim Mansfield, has gone on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with the unlawful possession of more than 1,200 bullets.

Mr Mansfield (41) denies possessing 1,252 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition without the relevant firearms licence at his former home in Coldwater Lakes, Saggart, Co Dublin, on January 29, 2015.

Mr Mansfield's current address was given as Saggart House, Saggart.

On the opening day of the trial, the court was told gardaí searched the house and found a legally-held Walther .22 pistol with a bullet in the chamber behind a picture frame in the master bedroom.

A shotgun, also licensed, was recovered from a locked safe in the wardrobe of a dressing room, along with 1,557 rounds of .22 ammunition. Mr Mansfield's licence permitted him to hold only 300 such bullets. The excess of 1,257 bullets was seized by gardaí.

Judge Cormac Quinn warned the jurors to decide the evidence only on the basis of what they heard within the four walls of the court.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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