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Friday 20 October 2017

Gang suspect O'Neill refused bail on charge of having Ingram guns

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A CRIME gang suspect charged with possession of four Ingram machine pistols capable of firing 1,000 rounds a minute has been refused bail by a district court judge.

Paul O'Neill (38) from Smithfield Terrace, Dublin 8, was remanded in custody at Cloverhill Court to appear again on October 14.

O'Neill is charged with unlawful possession of two Ingram machine pistols and a quantity of ammunition on September 22 at N3 Navan Road, Damastown, Mulhuddart, and with two Ingram machine pistols and ammunition at Damastown Industrial Park, Dublin 15, on the same day.

District Justice John Lindsay refused the application by solicitor Mark Thompson after evidence of garda concerns about bail was given by Det Garda Linda Williams from Kevin St station.

She highlighted the seriousness of the charges relating to the alleged possession of four machine guns and a large quantity of ammunition. She described the weapons as being capable of firing 1,000 rounds a minute and the charges included possession of ammunition.



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"He was found in direct possession of two of them and the remaining two and the ammunition were found in a lock-up at his workplace," she told the court. The weapons had been brought in by an "organised crime gang working in the south inner city" of which they believed he was a member, Garda Williams claimed.

The witness disclosed that further charges could follow because of the discovery of a quantity of cocaine, weighing scales and "bagging".

He was considered a flight risk because he had never spent any time in prison before and would not be able to "do jail".

Solicitor Mark Thompson insisted that it could not be held against his client that he had never been in prison. The accused had no previous convictions, strong ties to the jurisdiction and neither he or members of his family had ever been in trouble.

He would adhere to any conditions including surrendering his passport, an independent surety of €10,000, signing on twice a day, a curfew and staying at an address approved by the gardai. He had also been in long-term employment.

Det Garda Williams said the garda view was that these were "very serious weapons."

cmallon@herald.ie

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