A 14-YEAR-OLD boy hid shotgun cartridges under his mother's kitchen sink, a court heard.
The boy pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing five rounds of shotgun ammunition at his west Dublin home, last April.
Garda Rebecca Parle told Judge Ann Ryan at the Dublin Children's Court that she had gone to the boy's home to carry out a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
"During the course of the search, five shotgun cartridges were found concealed in a sock," said Garda Parle.
She said the sock containing the ammunition was placed behind a panel in a press under the kitchen sink.
The boy was not at home at the time of the search but, when later arrested, claimed he had found the cartridges, which were viable, in his back garden.
He admitted he should not have had them in his possession.
Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the boy, who has no prior convictions, has already been held in custody for a period on remand where psychological assessments of him were carried out.
An application has been made to have the boy placed in one of the State's 10 secure places for troubled teens in need of therapeutic special care.
Judge Ryan adjourned sentencing the boy, who is on bail, until Friday. He must obey a curfew and not come to further garda attention.