Sunday 22 July 2018

Two men appear in court charged with conspiracy to murder Michael Frazer

Gary Gleeson and Stephen Dunne
Gary Gleeson and Stephen Dunne

Eimear Cotter

TWO men have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to murder a Dublin man last week.

Stephen Dunne (38) and Gary Gleeson (34) are also charged with possession of a semi-automatic pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition.

Michael Frazer
Michael Frazer

Free legal aid was deferred in the case of Mr Gleeson, after the court heard that he has assets of a Rolex watch, worth €4,000, an Audi, valued at €14,000 and an Astra, worth €500.

Detectives claimed that Mr Gleeson is not working, not claiming social welfare and "appears to be living beyond his means".

Mr Dunne is on disability, the court heard.

The two men were arrested after gardai from the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) stopped and searched a van in south Dublin last week.

Judge Alan Mitchell remanded the men in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

The men must apply to the High Court for bail on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Mr Dunne, with an address at Meile an Ri Drive in Lucan, and Mr Gleeson, of Muskerry Road in Ballyfermot, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with conspiracy to murder Dublin man Michael Frazer on dates between July 28 and August 7 last.

They are also charged with possession of a 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol and 10 rounds of 9mm calibre Sellier and Bellot ammunition with intent to endanger life at Naas Road in Crumlin on August 7 last.

Detective Garda Jonathan Griffin from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau gave evidence of arresting Mr Dunne at Crumlin Garda Station on August 12.

Mr Gleeson was subsequently charged in Gda Griffin's presence by Sergeant Niall Bright at 8pm.

Gda Griffin said Mr Dunne was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and he made no reply to the charges after caution.

Mr Dunne's solicitor Michael French applied for legal aid for his client, telling the court that the accused is not working and is on disability.

Judge Mitchell assigned Mr French on free legal aid.

In relation to Mr Gleeson, Detective Garda Val Russell, also from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Unit, said the accused replied "no comment" after he was arrested at Crumlin Garda Station at 7.24pm on August 12.

Gda Russell said Mr Gleeson was subsequently charged in his presence by Sgt Bright at 7.51pm.

He was also handed a true copy of the charge sheets and made no reply after caution.

Mr Gleeson's solicitor Geraldine McKenzie applied for free legal aid.

Gda Russell said the accused is not working and is not claiming social welfare. He also said he "appears to be living beyond his means".

In a statement of means to apply for free legal aid, Mr Gleeson revealed he has assets of a Rolex watch, worth €4,000, an Audi of €14,000 and an Opel Astra, worth €500.

Judge Mitchell deferred legal aid, for "more information on the assets referred to in the statement of means".

Judge Mitchell remanded both men in custody until Friday for DPP's directions and possible further charges.

The judge said he noted that the matters were "serious charges".

Mr Dunne, who was wearing a pale grey tracksuit, and Mr Gleeson, who was wearing a salmon pink t-shirt, grey patterned hoodie and grey track bottoms, did not address the court during the short hearing.

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