Saturday 21 April 2018

Teenager (18) charged with firearms offences after garda shootout remanded in custody

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Tom Tuite

An 18-year-old Dublin youth charged with firearms offences following a shooting incident in which a garda was injured has been further remanded in custody

A member of the Garda Emergency Response Unit received a gunshot wound to his forearm and a youth was also injured following an exchange of fire during a raid at a house on December 7 last at Barnwell Drive in Ballymun in north Dublin.

Shane Fay, 18, from Belclare Park, Ballymun, was later refused bail and faced his third hearing on Tuesday when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

He was further remanded in custody to appear again at the same court on February 13 next. During an earlier hearing Garda Stephen Enright objected citing the seriousness of the incident.

He faces two charges under the Firearms Act for unlawful possession of a Davidson semi-automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition at a house at Barnwell Drive on December 7 last. He was arrested on the following day at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown and later made no reply when charged.

Garda Enright had told a bail hearing that gardai were conducting a planned search at the house on Barnwell Drive. It was alleged the accused had the semi-automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition.

The defence said the accused’s parents were profoundly disabled and Mr Fay was involved in their care on a daily basis which was accepted by Garda Enright.

He also agreed that Mr Fay had siblings living in this jurisdiction and he was on social welfare.

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