Saturday 14 December 2019

Suspended sentence for man who claimed he had air pistol and ammunition for target practise

An 0.177 air pistol
An 0.177 air pistol

Nicola Donnelly

A MAN who claimed he had an air pistol and ammunition for target practice has been given a six month suspended sentence.

Michail Timofejev has also been convicted of having cannabis at his home when gardai searched it.

Timofejev (23) of Thornlea in Rush pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to being in unauthorised possession of a CO2 powered airgun, a 12 gauge shotgun cartridge and €10 of cannabis at his home address on October 4th, 2012

Garda Gerrit Durnin said the defendant had no licence for the air gun nor the shot gun cartridge and that both are classed as firearms under the Firearms Act.

Timofejev, who has two previous convictions for sale and supply of drugs and unlawful possession of drugs, had assisted gardai with the search and was co-operative, the court heard.

Gda Durnin said he did not have any information as to whether there was anything sinister about the defendant being in unauthorised possession of the items.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said Timofejev, who is originally from Lithuania, has been living in Ireland for the past nine years.

'He did have issues previously with cannabis and there is no evidence of anything sinister going on as far as the air pistol and ammunition is concerned. He was using the air pistol for target practise and the bearings for it were also found,' said Mr Jackson.

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and sentenced Timofejev to six months in prison which he suspended and remanded him on a peace bond for two years for the unauthorised possession of the gun cartridge.

He further convicted and fined him €400 for the unauthorised possession of the air gun and convicted and fined him €200 for unlawful possession of cannabis.

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