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Shotgun accused 'intimidated' by criminals in cell

A MAN accused of having a double-barrel shotgun has claimed to a court that he and his girlfriend are being "intimidated" by criminals.

Carl Armstrong (24) said he had difficulties with other parties while waiting in the cell area at Cloverhill District Court. He also claimed that his girlfriend has been intimidated by others outside the courthouse.

A judge said Armstrong's girlfriend did not have to come to court, but his lawyer said she wanted to be there to support him. The accused, of Marrowbone Lane Flats, Dublin 8, appeared before Cloverhill District Court charged with possession of a double-barrel shotgun. It is alleged Armstrong was caught with the firearm at Longmile Business Park, Longmile Road, Dublin 12 on March 25. The court heard the DPP had directed trial on indictment on the charge.

The State solicitor asked for four weeks to prepare the book of evidence, saying the book is quite "complex" and contained 43 statements and 43 exhibits.

It also contains a forensics report and a fingerprint analysis report, which were only recently received from the Garda Technical Bureau.

Armstrong's lawyer objected to a four-week adjournment of the matter, saying the accused has already spent 73 days in custody after bail was refused by both the District Court and High Court.

The lawyer also said one week should be enough to put the book of evidence together, as all statements and reports had been received.

The court heard that Armstrong would consent to a four -week adjournment, if the matter was marked peremptory against the State, saying the accused was having problems with other prisoners, and his girlfriend was being intimidated outside the court.

Judge Ann Watkin adjourned the matter for two weeks for the book of evidence.