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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Man charged after innocent woman (21) shot in neck

Gavin Sheehan
Gavin Sheehan

A father has been charged with recklessly discharging a firearm after an incident in which a Cork woman was injured last Sunday.

Gavin Sheehan (29) appeared before the District Court charged with three different offences.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin was told by Det Garda Pat Condon that Sheehan made no reply when he was arrested, cautioned and charged.

Firearm

He is charged with possession of a firearm, possession of one round of 9mm ammunition and the discharge of a firearm while being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not.

The charges relate to addresses at Hollywood, Knocknaheeny, Cork, and Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork on May 15. The firearm specified in one charge is a Smith & Wesson Model 6096 semi-automatic pistol.

Ciara Sheehan (21), who is no relation to the accused suffered a serious neck injury.

The young shop worker and Cork College of Commerce student was in a friend's home watching TV when she was injured shortly after 12.30am last Sunday.

She underwent emergency surgery in Cork University Hospital and is now in a stable condition.

Judge Ni Chonduin was told by Inspector John Deasy for the State that there was an objection to bail.

However, Mr Sheehan's defence solicitor said there would be no bail application.

Judge Ni Chonduin granted free legal aid after hearing that Mr Sheehan was unemployed.

Mr Sheehan - of Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Co Cork - did not speak during the brief hearing.

Judge Ni Chonduin appointed James MacGuill as defence solicitor.

She remanded Mr Sheehan to appear again before Cork District Court via video link on May 25 next.

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