Wednesday 16 January 2019

Dublin man charged with having two handguns and ammunition following garda seizure

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A Dublin man has been charged with having two handguns and ammunition following a weapons seizure by gardai in the north of the city.

Stephen Keenan (30), who appeared before Blanchardstown District Court today, is also accused of driving a stolen car.

Judge David McHugh remanded him in custody after no bail application was made on his behalf.

Mr Keenan, with an address at St David's Terrace, Blackhorse Avenue in Dublin 7 is charged with two offences under the Firearms Act.

It is alleged he was unlawfully in possession of two handguns and 9mm ammunition at Casement Drive in Finglas on Tuesday, October 24.

He is also charged with unauthorised use of a vehicle at Casement Green on the same date.

Garda William O'Keeffe of Finglas station told the court he arrested the defendant for the purpose of charge at 7.01pm yesterday.

He made no reply to any of the charges when they were put to him at 8pm. He was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said he understood there were garda objections to bail but he was not making any bail application at this time.

Judge McHugh remanded Mr Keenan in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on October 31.

Mr Hanahoe applied for free legal aid, which Judge McHugh said he would grant subject to a statement of Mr Keenan's financial means being submitted.

The defendant, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, did not speak during the brief hearing.

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