Thursday 22 March 2018

Teen accused of having rifle on street denied bail

Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly

Andrew Phelan

A TEENAGER who allegedly produced a rifle on a west Dublin street has been refused bail.

Stephen Kelly (19) was remanded in custody when he appeared in Dublin District Court on charges arising from the incident in Tallaght in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Judge Michael Walsh refused to grant bail following obejctions by gardai.

Mr Kelly, with an address at Windmill Park, Crumlin, is charged with unlawful possession of a bolt-action rifle at Jobstown Road, Talllaght on March 26 last.

He is also charged with handling stolen property - the rifle - in the same incident.

The charges are under the Firearms and Theft and Fraud Offences Acts.

Objecting to bail, Garda Enda Daly of Tallaght Station cited the nature and seriousness of the allegations against the accused.

He said gardai were called to the scene following a call alleging that a firearm had been produced and pointed at a man. He arrived and alleged that he saw Mr Kelly standing on the street, holding the gun with both hands.

The gardai identified themselves and Mr Kelly allegedly "tried to make good his escape".

He was pursued on foot and apprehended.

The firearm, which was recovered, had been allegedly stolen in a burglary last November. Garda Daly said there was a likelihood of further charges being brought in the case.

Defence Solicitor Michelle Finan applied for bail on Mr Kelly's behalf.

Judge Walsh refused and remanded him in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on April 2.

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