Gun fired as teen threw it away

Cormac Byrne

A BULLET was fired from a 9mm handgun as children played nearby during an incident in Dublin's north inner city.

The weapon discharged a round after a teenage suspect carrying it threw it away as gardai moved to seize him, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old youth was arrested by officers in the north inner city last weekend.

No one was injured in the incident, in the East Wall area of north Dublin.

The gun has since been sent to the Garda Technical Bureau for ballistic examination.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon. The 17-year-old was caught by gardai and arrested, with officers seizing the weapon seconds later.

It was seized at East Road in the East Wall area at 2.30pm on Saturday during an intelligence-led operation by local detective and drug units from the Garda's Dublin north central division.

The teenager was questioned at Store Street Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

He was brought to the Dublin Children's Court where he was charged with possession of a .38 Webley revolver and five rounds of ammunition.

The judge refused bail and remanded the teenager in custody to appear again at the court on Friday.

He cannot be named at this point for legal reasons.