Shotgun charge for man after 'stand-off'
A jobless man has been charged with possession of a double-barrel shotgun during a stand-off with gardai in west Dublin at the weekend.
Patrick Kinch (47) appeared in Dublin District Court on a single firearms charge following a 14-hour siege at a house in Tallaght. He was remanded in custody after no bail application was made on his behalf.
Mr Kinch, with an address at Deerpark Square, Tallaght, is charged with possession of a Beretta double-barrel shotgun with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.
The offence is under Section 15 of the Firearms Act and is alleged to have happened at Deerpark Square on Saturday, December 20.
Garda Ruairi Meagher told the court he arrested the accused at Tallaght Garda Station at 11.50am yesterday morning.
He made no reply to the charge after caution at 11.57am and was handed a copy of the charge sheet, Gda Meagher said.
Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said she was not making a bail application.
Judge Michael Walsh remanded the accused in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.
At Ms Bambury's request, he recommended medical assessment for the accused while he is in custody, and that he receives any required treatment.
He granted free legal aid after Ms Bambury said Mr Kinch was not working and handed a statement of his financial means in to court.
The defendant, wearing a light grey hooded top with a "Michigan" logo and blue jeans, did not speak during the hearing.
Gardai had called to a reported domestic incident at the house when a man allegedly barricaded himself in.
Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots before the stand-off came to an end.
Mr Kinch has not yet indicated how he will plead.