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Seven months for 'messer' who waved gun at friends

A YOUNG man who produced an imitation black handgun and started waving it in front of two other men has been sentenced to seven months in prison.

Derek Cooling (21) was "messing" with the two other men and did not intend to be menacing in any way.

However, a court heard he was wearing gloves, a baseball hat and had his face covered with a scarf when he produced the realistic-looking imitation weapon.

Judge David McHugh sentenced Cooling to seven months in prison, activating a previous six month suspended sentence and imposing a further one month consecutive sentence.


The defendant, of Oldchurch Crescent in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a realistic-looking imitation weapon at Grangeview Place in Clondalkin on January 14 last.

Garda Seamus Dolan said gardai were on mobile patrol when they saw a man produce a black handgun and start waving it in front of two other men.

He was wearing gloves, a baseball hat and had his face covered with a scarf.

When searched, he was found with a small quantity of cannabis.

Gda Dolan said the handgun was not in working order.

Judge McHugh said the weapon, which was produced in court, looked like a 9mm Browning automatic.

Gda Dolan said Cooling was unaware of the presence of gardai, and he accepted the defendant was "probably messing".


Cooling also admitted to possession of articles for use in a theft at Mount Bellew Crescent in Lucan on January 18, 2014.

The court heard Cooling was found with a screwdriver, gloves, two torches and a hat with a torch.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Cooling co-operated with gardai, and was messing with his friends.

He was not being menacing, she said.

Ms Buckley said Cooling is currently unemployed and has two children with his long term partner.