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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr 'had shotgun and ammo without a licence', court told

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Jim Mansfield
Jim Mansfield

Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr has been charged with having a pump-action shotgun, shotgun cartridges and ammunition without a firearms certificate.

Jim Mansfield (48) was allegedly found with the unlicensed gun and ammunition after detectives searched his home in January 2015.

A detective claimed the gun and ammunition were found in the master bedroom of Mr Mansfield's Saggart home.

A second man, Patrick Mansfield (38), is also accused of having over 1,000 rounds of ammunition without a licence at his home.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matters for four weeks.

Jim Mansfield, of Tassagart House, Garter Lane in Saggart, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of a Fabarm pump-action shotgun without a firearm certificate at his home on January 29, 2015.

The son of late hotelier and airport owner Jim Mansfield Snr is also accused of possession of 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition and 19 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges without a certificate.

Patrick Mansfield is facing a single charge of possession of 1,252 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwinters Lake in Saggart.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary trial in the district court, where the penalties upon conviction are less severe.

Outlining the allegations for jurisdiction purposes, Detective Garda Ian Pemberton said gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Jim Mansfield's home in January 2015.

During the course of the search, Gda Pemberton alleged a shotgun was found in the master bedroom, which is Jim Mansfield's bedroom.

Excess

Gda Pemberton claimed 19 rounds were found in close proximity, and the accused had no licence for the gun or the ammunition.

The garda said officers also seized a Walther pistol, which was licensed. However, he said Jim Mansfield had a licence for 300 rounds of ammunition, but gardai found 480, which was 180 in excess of the licence.

In relation to Patrick Mansfield, Gda Pemberton said his former home at Coldwinter Lakes in Saggart was also searched on January 29, 2015.

Gda Pemberton alleged gardai found a licensed Walter pistol and 1,552 rounds of ammunition, which was 1,252 more than the 300 rounds the accused was licensed to hold.

Judge McHugh said he was refusing jurisdiction.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury asked the judge to hold off on his decision, saying there was a licence in place.

Ms Bambury told the court "there was a licence, but gardai believe it was cancelled".

Judge McHugh deferred the issue of jurisdiction, and ordered the parties to talk to each other to see if they can clarify matters.

Judge McHugh ordered the disclosure of evidence to the accused's legal team and adjourned the matter to a date in February.

The men have not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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