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Man accused over illegal gun stash is sent for trial

A DUBLIN man who allegedly had a stash of illegal guns and over 400 rounds of ammunition in his northside home has been sent forward for trial.

Philip Hendrick (35) was also allegedly found with cocaine after he was searched by gardai.

A court heard that the book of evidence had been served on Hendrick, who will go forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

The defendant appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of cocaine at Mellowes Road, Finglas, as well as having the drug for sale or supply on February 7 last year. He is also charged with possession of 15 rounds of 0.22 long-rifle calibre ammunition, 281 rounds of 8mm Fiocchi ammunition and 192 rounds of 0.22 starting pistol ammunition without a valid licence.

He is further accused of possession of an ME8 handgun and two Brigadier handguns, contrary to Section 2 of the Firearms Act, 1971.

Hendrick was also charged before the court under the Explosive Substances Act with having two flares at his home at Crannoge Close, Poppintree on February 2, 2010.

Garda Daniel Sweeney said Hendrick was handed a true copy of the new charge sheet and he made no reply after caution.

Hendrick will go forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.