Thursday 14 December 2017

Three men brought before court following huge weapons seizure in west Dublin

Declan Brady. Arrested in connection with a Kinahan arms seizure.
Declan Brady. Arrested in connection with a Kinahan arms seizure.

Andrew Phelan

Three men have been charged by gardai investigating a huge weapons seizure in west Dublin.

James Walsh (33), Johnathon Harding (44) and Declan Brady (51) were brought before Dublin District Court charged in connection with the haul at an industrial estate.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded them in custody until next Wednesday after no bail applications were made on their behalf.

They are charged with possession of five revolvers, ammunition and a silencer.

The find was made after officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) raided a warehouse at Grant Drive in the Greenogue Industrial estate, Rathcoole in a dawn operation on Tuesday.

The three men had been detained at Clondalkin and Ronanstown Garda Stations before they were brought before Dublin District Court this afternoon.

Their cases were dealt individually.

Mr Walsh, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin, Mr Harding of McNeill Court, Sallins, Co Kildare and Mr Brady, from The Park, Wolston Abbey, Celbridge, also in Kildare, remained silent as evidence of their arrest, charge and caution was given to the court by detectives.

They are each charged with three offences under the Firearms Act - unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a silencer and having five handguns.

These are alleged to have been a Zastava M83-02 six-shot revolver, two special calibre Smith and Wesson model five-shot revolvers and two Rossi five-shot revolvers.

Detective Sergeant Emmet Casserly told the court he arrested Mr Brady at 12.35pm today for the purpose of charge at Clondalkin Station.

He was charged at 1.14pm and in reply to each count he said “no”. Det Sgt Casserly said he was objecting to bail.

However, defence solicitor Anarine McAllister said Mr Brady was “not applying for bail on this occasion.”

There was consent to the accused being remanded in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on February 1.

Judge Halpin ordered all necessary relevant medical attention and treatment to be provided to him while he is in custody.

Mr Brady, wearing a zip-up hooded grey top and dark tracksuit bottoms, sat with his arms folded during the proceedings.

Judge Halpin asked if DPP’s directions were available.

Detective Superintendent Tony Howard said there were preliminary instructions but it was anticipated that there would be further charges.

Mr Walsh, dressed in a dark grey hooded top and lighter grey tracksuit bottoms with black and white runners, was then brought into the court.

Detective Sergeant Michael Cuffe then gave evidence of arresting, charging and cautioning Mr Walsh at 1.34pm at Ronanstown Garda Station today. He made “no reply” after caution.

His barrister David Staunton asked Judge Halpin to make a similar remand order in this case, as Mr Walsh was also not applying for bail.

Mr Staunton handed a statement of Mr Walsh’s financial means in to court to support a legal aid application. Judge Halpin deferred a decision on legal aid to a later date.

Mr Harding, wearing a zip-up grey hooded top and blue jeans, was the last of the accused to come in to court.

Detective Sergeant Paul Curran said he arrested Mr Harding at Clondalkin Station at 10.50am this morning.

He made no reply to the charges after caution. He was granted legal aid following an appplication by his solicitor Brian Coveney. There was no garda objection.

The accused were brought to the Criminal Courts of Justice by gardai in unmarked cars with blacked-out windows. They will appear via video-link on the next court date.

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