Monday 10 December 2018

Young man on imitation gun charge given time to study for exams

Anthony Smith, Hazel House, Finglas Road
Anthony Smith, Hazel House, Finglas Road
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A young man allegedly caught with a realistic-looking imitation firearm has had a book of evidence served on him.

Anthony Smith (23) is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court.

The accused appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with having a realistic-looking imitation firearm in his possession.

It is alleged that Mr Smith was stopped and found with the imitation weapon at Church Road in Finglas on January 22, 2014.

He is facing trial in the circuit court after the Director of Public Prosecution ruled the allegation was too serious for the district court.

A state solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Smith the formal alibi caution, warning him he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

A defence solicitor and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

Mr Smith - with an address at Hazel House, Finglas Road, Dublin 11 - has not yet indicated how he intends pleading to the charge. If found guilty of the offence in the circuit court, the accused faces a fine and a maximum sentence of five years.

The court heard Mr Smith is sitting exams in early May, and he asked for this matter to be adjourned until later in the month so he can concentrate on his studies.

Judge McHugh heard there was no objection from the State to a later circuit court date and remanded Mr Smith to appear before the circuit court in six weeks.

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