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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Widower accused of having gun at home

HELICOPTER: Air Support Unit filmed drugs search

A Dublin widower who was allegedly found in possession of a handgun and ammunition following an operation involving the Garda Air Support Unit.

Derek McLoughlin (38) is accused of having a .38 revolver and ammunition for unlawful purposes at his home in Ballyfermot.



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The father of three was remanded on continuing bail for directions on the matter by the Director of Public Prosecutions when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court.

He was previously remanded in custody with consent to bail.

He took up his bail last week after it was fixed in his own bond of €1,000, with an independent surety of €25,000, of which €5,000 was lodged in cash. McLoughlin is accused of possessing a gun and ammunition at his home at Decies Road, Ballyfermot, on April 27.

Garda Gavin Ryan previously told a court that he arrested McLoughlin at Decies Road at 10.50pm on April 27. He made no reply when charged.

The court had heard that gardai went to McLoughlin's address with a warrant for a drugs search at around 9.30pm. They were assisted by the Garda Air Support Unit, with a helicopter crew filming the events.

It was alleged that the accused was in the back garden of his house and that he was found in possession of the gun and ammunition, as well as a container of oil spray. It was also alleged that the revolver, along with five rounds of ammunition, were found at the scene, with a further 12 rounds found in a follow-up search.

The court heard that gardai are awaiting DPP's directions on the allegation.



INTERFERE

Judge Ann Watkin adjourned the matter for four weeks back to the Dublin District Court for directions.

In the meantime, McLoughlin must abide by a number of bail conditions.

He must sign on daily at Kilmainham Garda Station, observe a curfew, surrender his passport. He was also ordered not to not interfere with local witnesses.

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