Saturday 20 January 2018

Trinity graduate facing trial on gun possession charges

Brian Kavanagh

A TRINTY College graduate and three men charged with the possession of two handguns, ammunition and a stun gun will be arraigned on those charges after the court summer recess.

Mr Diarmaid McGuinness SC this morning asked the Special Criminal Court to set an arraignment date in the new court term for his client Colin Brady (23), while there were identical applications for his co-accused John Troy (33), John McGreal (36) and Ursula Shannon (28), who is a Trinity College graduate and prominent member of socialist republican group Eirigi.

All four are charged with the possession of two handguns and 32 rounds of ammunition at Tullybeg, Rahan, Co Offaly on November 27th, 2012.

The charges include the unlawful possession of one 9mm parabellum calibre Taurus PT92 semi-automatic pistol, one magazine suitable for use with the Taurus PT92 pistol, one 9mm parabellum calibre Walther P5 semi-automatic pistol and one ZGJY branded combined stun gun and flashlight.

The quartet is also charged with the possession of 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 7 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Mr McGreal, of Thornchase, Palmer Road, Rush, and Mr Troy, of Dunard Avenue, Cabra, are additionally charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the state styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on November 27th, 2012.

Ms Shannon of Inglewood Crescent, Clonsilla and her co-accused were granted bail by the non-jury Special Criminal Court in December. Mr Brady of Ashgrove, Baskin Lane, Kinsealy did not take up his bail.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge William Hamill, said the court would list the matter for arraignment on October 8th.

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