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Man avoids conviction for illegally having gun

AN AIRGUN enthusiast who did not realise he needed a licence for one of his firearms has avoided a conviction after he made a charity donation.

Henry Fadipe (22) was found with the illegally-held air pistol after gardai searched his house.

Judge David McHugh struck out the charges after Fadipe donated €250 to Blanchardstown Hospice.

The defendant, of Mount Andrew Crescent, Lucan, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of an air pistol and plastic ball bearings without a licence on June 8 last year.

Sgt Maria Callaghan previously said gardai searched the defendant's home under warrant and found 10 airguns and assorted paraphernalia.

She said one of the guns is registered as a firearm under the Firearms Act and requires a licence.

The sergeant said Fadipe is an airgun enthusiast, and there was nothing sinister about the pistol.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said the gun found in the defendant's home was similar to a paintball gun.

The court heard that Fadipe is originally from Nigeria and came to Ireland 12 years ago. He is an expert in mixed martial arts and works as a full-time personal trainer.