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Boyfriend is accused of hiding gun in wardrobe

A YOUNG man accused of hiding a loaded shotgun in a wardrobe in his girlfriend's apartment has been sent forward for trial.

James McMahon (22) was arrested in September after local detectives backed up by national specialist units conducted searches in the Clondalkin, Lucan and Ronanstown areas of Dublin.

A garda sergeant previously claimed in court that a loaded gun was found in an apartment which McMahon's girlfriend shared with the couple's two-year-old son.

Gardai have also claimed that forensic evidence links McMahon to the weapon.

UNLAWFUL

The accused, of Riversdale Road in Lucan, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the unlawful control of a sawn-off shotgun and three shotgun cartridges in suspicious circumstances.

The alleged incident was at Aras Na Cluaine in Clondalkin on September 11 last.

Detective Sergeant Damien Gannon previously claimed a loaded Beretta sawn-off shotgun was found in a wardrobe.

The sergeant further claimed the weapon was stolen in a burglary in Limerick in April, and was sawn off since it was stolen.

Judge David McHugh gave McMahon the 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.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

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