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Deadline for shotgun case

A DUBLIN man charged with having a Beretta shotgun at his home may have the charge struck out if the book of evidence is not ready on the next court date.

Michael Byrne (26) is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court, where the penalties are greater.

The defendant appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the unlawful possession of a shotgun. The alleged incident took place at his home at Brompton Lawn in Castleknock on March 7 last.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case to a date in September for the service of the book of evidence, peremptory against the State.



No legal aid for BMW woman

A YOUNG woman accused of motoring offences has been refused legal aid after gardai told a court they had stopped her driving a 2012-registered BMW while she had no apparent income.

Bridget Wall (20) insisted the car was not hers but that her family had been thinking of "chipping in" to buy it as a wedding present as she was not having a reception.

Judge John Coughlan refused to grant legal aid when she appeared in Tallaght District Court accused of driving without insurance or a licence.

The defendant, with an address at Kiltalown Road, Tallaght, is alleged to have committed the offences at Jobstown Road on November 26 last year.



Drugs charge man now dead

DRUGS charges against a young man who was stabbed to death in a row between neighbours in west Dublin have been struck out.

Colm Hughes-Lyons (20) was due to appear before Blanchardstown District Court this week after detectives uncovered more than €2,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine.

Blanchardstown court heard that Mr Hughes-Lyons has died and Judge Anthony Halpin struck out the charges.

Mr Hughes-Lyons became involved in a confrontation with a man and his girlfriend, in Clonsilla just after 1am on Tuesday, June 19, and was later stabbed.