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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mansfields 'did not know gun and ammo licences were revoked'

Jim Mansfield jnr. leaving Blanchardstown District Court today.
Jim Mansfield jnr. leaving Blanchardstown District Court today.
PJ Mansfield pictured leaving Blanchardstown District Court today.

Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr and his younger brother PJ did not know their gun and ammunition licences had been cancelled by gardai, their solicitor has claimed.

Gardai never told Jim Mansfield or his younger brother PJ that their licences had been revoked, their solicitor Yvonne Bambury told a court.

Jim Mansfield (48), who had a relationship with the late model Katy French, is accused of having a pump-action shotgun, shotgun cartridges and ammunition without a firearms certificate.

The unlicensed gun and ammunition were allegedly found in the master bedroom after detectives searched Mr Mansfield's Saggart home in January 2015.

His brother PJ Mansfield (38), who was previously married to former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche, is accused of having over 1,000 rounds of ammunition without a licence at his home.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matters for six weeks after their solicitor asked him to defer jurisdiction pending the full disclosure of documentation by gardai.

Jim Mansfield Jnr, with an address at Tassaggart 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.

He is also accused of possession of 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition and 19 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges without a certificate.

PJ 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 that the DPP has directed summary trial in the District Court.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said her clients would say they both had a firearms licence.

Ms Bambury said the men would say the licences were cancelled by gardai without notifying them.

Ms Bambury said she required more information about the revocation of the gun licences by gardai, prior to jurisdiction being considered.

A State solicitor agreed that some disclosure was outstanding and said gardai would be asked to address a number of matters raised by Ms Bambury.

Detective Garda Ian Pemberton previously alleged gardai searched Jim Mansfield's home in January 2015 and found a shotgun in the master bedroom.

Ammunition

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 a licensed gun. However, he claimed 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 PJ Mansfield, Gda Pemberton said his former home at Coldwinter Lakes in Saggart was also searched under warrant 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 that PJ Mansfield was licensed to hold.

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