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Saturday 10 December 2016

Man in court on three gun charges after raid by gardai

Gardai recovered a firearm along with almost three dozen rounds of ammunition at a house in west Dublin
Gardai recovered a firearm along with almost three dozen rounds of ammunition at a house in west Dublin

A man has appeared in court charged with possessing a handgun, ammunition and a silencer at his Dublin home at the weekend.

John Fitzsimons (49), of Old Tower Crescent, Clondalkin, appeared before Judge John Coughlan at Dublin District Court yesterday in relation to the offences.

Armed gardai responded to a 999 call on Saturday afternoon and recovered a firearm along with almost three dozen rounds of ammunition at a house in west Dublin.

Mr Fitzsimons had been arr- ested at the scene and taken to Ronanstown Garda Station.

Sgt Martin Geraghty gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution at Ronanstown Garda Station on Saturday evening.

Mr Fitzsimons was charged with three separate offences.

The first was possession of a Makarov semi-automatic pistol, the second that he had 35 rounds of 9mm ammunition and the third was that he had a silencer.

The court heard Mr Fitz- simons made no reply to any of the charges when they were put to him.

His solicitor, Michael French, said there was no application for bail.

Mr Fitzsimons was remanded in custody by consent to Cloverhill Court where he will appear again on Thursday morning.

Mr French requested that his client receive immediate medical attention on arrival at Cloverhill.

Plead

During the hearing, Mr Fitz- simons sat quietly in court.

He was dressed in a green polo neck shirt and black tracksuit bottoms.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he will plead in relation to the charges.

Judge Coughlan also granted him free legal aid and he agreed to Mr French's request to make a direction for the defendant to get medical attention while in prison custody.

Directions from the DPP have yet to be obtained.

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