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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Brother had pistol and ball bearings under bed

A YOUNG man caught with an air pistol and steel ball bearings has claimed he put them under his bed and forgot about them after he took them from his younger brother.

Daniel Devoy (21) said his brother bought the air pistol while he was abroad on holidays, but he took it off him when their mother complained about him having it.

His lawyer said Devoy acted responsibly by taking the firearm from his brother and he simply put it under his bed and "forgot" about it.

Judge Brian Sheridan applied the Probation Act, saying he believed in giving people a chance. He also ordered the destruction of the pistol and ammunition.

Devoy admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a pellet gun and ball bearings without a licence.

The incident took place at his home at Coldcut Park, in Clondalkin, on May 10.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Devoy's home shortly after 5pm. During the search, 750 steel ball bearings and an air pistol were found underneath his bed.

Sgt Callaghan said Devoy admitted possession of the firearm and ammunition.





Mother

The court heard that Devoy had four previous convictions, all for road traffic offences.

Lawyer Fiona Brennan, defending, said Devoy immediately took responsibility for the firearm and ammunition, telling gardai he had confiscated them from his younger brother.

Ms Brennan said the weapon was bought some time ago outside the jurisdiction, where it is legal to buy such weapons.

It was initially used for gaming purposes, but Devoy's mother objected to his brother having the gun so Devoy hid it away.

Ms Brennan said Devoy acted responsibly in terms of his family.

Judge Sheridan applied the Probation Act.

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