Saturday 21 September 2019

Women charged with having sawn-off shotgun remanded in custody

Caroline Donoghue
Caroline Donoghue
Pauline Dempsey

Liam Cosgrove

Two women allegedly found in the possession of a sawn-off double-barrel shotgun and ammunition in Co Longford last week have been remanded in custody.

Caroline Donoghue (43), of Cluain Na Sibhe, Killashee, Co Longford, and Pauline Dempsey (21), of McKeown Park, Farnagh, Co Longford, appeared before a sitting of Longford District Court in connection with the alleged incident.

Both women are charged with being in possession of a sawn-off double-barrel shotgun, together with 12 shotgun cartridges, at Farneyhoogan, Longford, on September 2 this year.

The pair, who were represented in court by defence solicitor John Quinn, stayed silent throughout the brief hearing before Judge Seamus Hughes.

It was the two women's second appearance in court after they were brought before a sitting of Athlone District Court last Wednesday, which resulted in both of the defendants being remanded in custody.

Sergeant Paddy McGirl, prosecuting, applied for both women to be remanded in custody for a second time until a sitting of Longford District Court on October 8.

He said that the State's application was to allow for the preparation of a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Sgt McGirl added, however, that there was a "strong possibility" directions from the DPP would not be available on that date as the results of forensic examinations were still being awaited.

There was no objection by the pair's defence solicitor to the State's application to remand both women in custody.

Both Ms Donoghue and Ms Dempsey are scheduled to reappear before a sitting of Longford District Court on October 8.

A third woman arrested in connection with the alleged incident was later released without charge ahead of a file to be sent to the DPP's office.

Irish Independent

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