A CZECH man bought a firing pistol online to protect himself from a colleague after he discovered what he believed were the bones of his missing dog in a fireplace, a court has heard.
Jiri Vecernik (45) was stopped in Dublin Airport with the pistol after it was discovered in his checked-in luggage.
He later told gardai he had bought the weapon, which was not capable of firing lethal ammunition, for his own protection.
Vecernik, of Mill House, Clogheen, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the revolver at Dublin Airport on December 22, 2013.
He said he had an argument with a Slovak man five years before over a dog belonging to Vecernik and his girlfriend. The other man allegedly pulled a knife on him.
The couple later found bones in their fireplace, which they believed were those of their missing dog.
Gda Kevin Nolan told Ronan Kennedy, prosecuting, that he found garda reports of an incident between the men but neither party made a follow-up complaint.
He agreed with Pieter Le Vert, defending, that Vecernik was still afraid in 2013 that the other man might return, but accepted this was with "a degree of irrationality".
The court heard Vecernik came to live in Ireland in 2006. He has been working as a handyman.
Judge Martin Nolan said he would "proceed to conviction" but would give Vecernik the "benefit of the Probation Act".