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Mansfield brothers face two-day trial over illegal ammo charges

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Mansfield brothers outside court

Mansfield brothers outside court

Mansfield brothers outside court

A trial date has been set in the case against two sons of the late billionaire hotel boss Jim Mansfield, who are accused of possession of ammunition at their homes.

Jim Mansfield Jr (49) and Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield (38) are both pleading not guilty to the charges against them.

Judge Marie Keane adjourned their cases to November 21 for hearing at Dublin District Court. She also ordered disclosure by the prosecution of additional garda statements within 21 days.

Jim Mansfield Jr was charged with having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart on January 29, 2015.

Two further charges of possession of a Fabarm pump-action shotgun and 19 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges without a certificate were previously struck out.

His brother PJ Mansfield is accused of possession of 1,252 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwater Lakes in Saggart.

The accused - who did not address the court - are sons of Jim Mansfield Snr, who passed away in January 2014.

He was the businessman behind the Citywest Hotel, Weston Airport and a number of other high-profile ventures. Several of these other businesses collapsed in the recession.

Yesterday, defence barrister Tony McGillicuddy said the trial before the non-jury district court would take up to two days.

He asked the judge to set a date for mention of the case to confirm it was going ahead "and deal with any ancillary matters that may arise".

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He said after examining disclosure documents, it appeared there were further statements made by a garda.

Judge Keane adjourned the cases to November 21 for hearing. She set a mention date of October 7 and excused the defendants from attending on that date.


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