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Friday 20 October 2017

Gun charge CF sufferer loses fight for bail as he 'had a holiday booked'

Defendant Dylan Mooney (22)
Defendant Dylan Mooney (22)

A cystic fibrosis sufferer has been charged with having a gun, ammunition, drugs and a stolen motorbike at his home following a raid by gardai investigating organised crime in west Dublin.

Dylan Mooney (22) was refused bail after a garda said he was a flight risk and had been due to fly to Spain on holiday yesterday.

Judge David McHugh said the holiday plan showed that Mr Mooney was fit to travel despite his defence arguing that his condition kept him under "self-curfew".

He remanded the defendant in custody for a week.

Mr Mooney is charged with five offences at his home in Sheephill Avenue, Blanchardstown, on September 19.

He is charged with unlawful possession of a .380-inch Baikal semi-automatic pistol and eight rounds of ammunition, having cannabis with intent to sell or supply and possession of a stolen Ducati Monster motorcycle.

Detective Garda Edel Kenny, of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, told Blanchardstown District Court that she arrested the defendant at 7.15pm on Wednesday at Finglas Garda Station.

He was charged in her presence at 7.34pm and made no reply to the charges after caution.

It was alleged that Mr Mooney had, at his home, a gun, ammunition, drugs and a motorbike, she said.

Critical

Det Gda Kenny said she believed the accused was a potential flight risk and cited the potential sentence he could receive on conviction.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Mr Mooney could surrender his passport, sign on daily at his local garda station and provide a contact phone number.

He said the accused suffered from cystic fibrosis and was effectively under self-curfew.

He was fed intravenously through his stomach daily and attended hospital every four weeks for intravenous antibiotic treatment.

Det Gda Kenny said Mr Mooney had booked flights and was going to leave the country for a week so he "can actually travel".

Mr O'Doherty said the accused had told the gardai he was going on holiday to Spain. His girlfriend and family members were in court.

"It would appear he has the means financially and his physical condition allows him to travel," said Judge McHugh.

Mr O'Doherty said his client's medication was portable and cost €12,000 per month.

He added that there was a potential of infection while Mr Mooney was in custody.

"He is at very critical risk in terms of his medication," he said.

Judge McHugh said he was satisfied the accused had the "physical ability to travel and the ability to flee and evade justice".

He directed that the defendant be examined forthwith and is to receive whatever medical attention was necessary.

He adjourned the case to September 27, when the accused will appear at Cloverhill District Court.

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