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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'€4k Rolex and Audi' of Frazer hit bid accused

This is the dramatic moment armed Gardai swooped on two men accused of being on the way to kill Michael Frazer
This is the dramatic moment armed Gardai swooped on two men accused of being on the way to kill Michael Frazer
Stephen Dunne
Gary Gleeson who has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder of Michael Frazer
Hit target Michael Frazer

Two men have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to murder Dublin man Michael Frazer last week.

Stephen Dunne (38) and Gary Gleeson (34) are also charged with possession of a semi-automatic pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition.

Free legal aid was deferred in the case of Mr Gleeson after the court heard he has assets of a Rolex watch and two cars, an Audi and an Astra.

Mr Gleeson is not working, not claiming social welfare and "appears to be living beyond his means", detectives claimed.

Disability

Mr Dunne is on disability, the court heard. The two men were arrested after gardai from the Emergency Response Unit stopped and searched a van in south Dublin last week.

Judge Alan Mitchell remanded the men in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

The men must apply to the High Court for bail on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Mr Dunne, of Meile an Ri Drive, Lucan, and Mr Gleeson, of Muskerry Road, Ballyfermot, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with conspiracy to murder Mr Frazer between July 28 and August 7.

They are also charged with possession of a 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol and 10 rounds of 9mm calibre Sellier and Bellot ammunition with intent to endanger life at Naas Road, Crumlin, on August 7.

Det Gda Jonathan Griffin, from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Unit, gave evidence of arresting Mr Dunne at Crumlin Garda Station on August 12.

Mr Gleeson was subsequently charged in Gda Griffin's presence by Sgt Niall Bright at 8pm. Mr Dunne was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and he made no reply to the charges after caution, Gda Griffin said.

Michael French, Mr Dunne's solicitor, applied for legal aid for his client, telling the court that the accused is not working and is on disability.

Judge Mitchell assigned Mr French on free legal aid.

In relation to Mr Gleeson, Det Gda Val Russell, also from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Unit, said the accused replied "no comment" after he was arrested at Crumlin Garda Station at 7.24pm on August 12.

Mr Gleeson was subsequently charged in his presence by Sgt Bright at 7.51pm, Gda Russell said. He was also handed a true copy of the charge sheets and made no reply after caution.

Mr Gleeson's solicitor, Geraldine McKenzie, applied for free legal aid.

Serious

The accused is not working, is not claiming social welfare and "appears to be living beyond his means", Gda Russell said.

In a statement of means to apply for free legal aid, Mr Gleeson revealed he has assets of a Rolex watch worth €4,000, an Audi worth €14,000 and an Astra worth €500.

Judge Mitchell deferred legal aid for "more information on the assets referred to in the statement of means".

Remanding both men in custody until Friday for DPP directions and possible further charges, the judge said the matters were "serious charges".

Mr Dunne, who was wearing a pale grey tracksuit, and Mr Gleeson, who was wearing a salmon pink T-shirt, grey patterned hoodie and grey track bottoms, did not address the court during the short hearing.

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