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Andrew Kearney

Andrew Kearney

Andrew Kearney

A JOBLESS man has appeared in court charged with possession of a double-barrelled shotgun in south Dublin.

Anthony Kearney (60) was arrested and charged after a vehicle was stopped by gardai in Saggart on Tuesday.

Mr Kearney was granted bail at Blanchardstown District Court and the case against him was adjourned for the DPP's directions to be made available.

Mr Kearney, with an address at Avonmount, Sea Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow, is charged with possession of a stolen Baikal over-and-under shotgun.

He is also accused of having the same gun without having a firearms certificate.

The offences, under Section 2 of the Firearms Act and Section 18 of the Theft and Fraud Act, are alleged to have happened at Saggart, Co Dublin on January 13.

Detective Garda Jonathan Griffin said in evidence that he arrested the defendant on Wednesday at Clondalkin Garda Station.

He had been detained under the Offences Against the State Act.

Mr Kearney made no reply to the charges.

adjournment

Det Gda Griffin sought a two-month adjournment for the directions of the DPP. He had no objections to bail subject to conditions.

Judge Denis McLoughlin granted bail in the accused's own cash bond of €500.

Conditions are that he signs on daily at Rathcoole Garda Station and observes a curfew at his current address of Saggart Court Lodge.

He is to provide a phone number to gardai at which he is contactable 24-hours a day, surrender his passport and not apply for any travel documents.

The judge granted free legal aid after hearing Mr Kearney was not working and his lawyer lodged a statement of the defendant's financial means.

The accused did not address the court during the brief hearing, and was released on bail after producing the required cash for the bond.

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