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Friday 20 October 2017

Air rifle enthusiast had no gun licence

AN AIR gun enthusiast who had a collection of firearms in his home did not realise he needed a licence for one of them, a court heard.

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

Judge David McHugh ordered Fadipe to donate €250 to charity and said he'd strike out the charges.

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

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Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai searched the defendant's home under warrant and found 10 air guns and assorted paraphernalia.

Sgt Callaghan said one of the guns is registered as a firearm under the Firearms Act and requires a licence. The sergeant said Fadipe is an air shot 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 paint ball gun.

The court heard that Fadipe, who is originally from Nigeria and came to Ireland 12 years ago, works as a full-time personal trainer.

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