Saturday 22 October 2016

Mansfield brothers seek information on search warrant

Jim Mansfield Jnr
Jim Mansfield Jnr

Information sworn by a detective to obtain a warrant to search businessman Jim Mansfield and his brother PJ's homes must be furnished to their legal team by the end of this week, a judge has ruled.

Jim Mansfield (48) is charged with having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart on January 29, 2015.

Two further charges of possession of a pump action shotgun and 19 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges were struck out.

His brother Patrick James Mansfield (38) is accused of possession of 1,252 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwinters Lake in Saggart.

In relation to Jim Mansfield, Judge David McHugh had refused jurisdiction to deal with his case at district court level. He was asked by a State solicitor to reconsider the allegations after two of the charges were struck out.

Detective Garda Ian Pemberton alleged that gardai searched Mr Mansfield's home under warrant and located a legally-held pistol as well as 480 rounds of ammunition, 180 rounds in excess of the licence.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction of the charge.

Defence counsel Tony McGullicuddy said his clients would plead not guilty to the charges.


Mr McGullicuddy requested a copy of the information which a garda swore to a judge to obtain the warrant to search the men's home. He said his clients required this information if they wished to challenge the validity of the warrant.

A State solicitor said there were other people named in the information who were not party to the proceedings before the court. He asked for the case to be adjourned to allow the investigation to conclude.

Mr McGullicuddy argued the right course of action was to strike out the charges and "the State can take whatever course when the ongoing investigation concludes".

Judge McHugh adjourned the case into the Criminal Courts of Justice next week to allow the Mansfield brothers to enter a plea.

Mr McGullicuddy said the parties had agreed the information would be furnished to the defence "by the end of this week".

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