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Saturday 14 December 2019

Man admits possessing handgun in suspected foiled hit

Gun victim Kane McCormack
Gun victim Kane McCormack

A Dublin man has pleaded guilty to possessing a Beretta handgun and silencer in a suspected foiled hit two years ago.

Owen Cummins (40), of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to the charge at the Special Criminal Court yesterday morning.

Cummins was charged with possessing a firearm, namely a Beretta 92s handgun and silencer, in such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable inference that he had not got it in his possession for a lawful purpose at Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, on September 6, 2017.

Detectives believe that he was part of a Kinahan cartel hit team tasked with targeting mobster Kane McCormack when they were intercepted by gardai.

McCormack, who was shot dead two months later, was targeted by the cartel after vowing to avenge the murder of his father, Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan.

Sentencing

During his arraignment yesterday Cummins was asked how he wished to plead to the charge against him, and replied: "Guilty".

Michael O'Higgins SC, for Cummins, asked the non-jury court to set a sentencing date for the new year as his client's legal team is awaiting a number of reports, including a psychiatric report.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey presiding, alongside Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, set a sentencing date of January 20, 2020.

During the garda operation seven shots were fired at the van carrying Cummins and his accomplice after the vehicle drove at gardai as it attempted to flee the scene.

A second man, Andrew O'Keeffe (30), of Drumcliffe Road, Cabra West, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty in June to possessing a 9mm Beretta handgun and silencer in suspicious circumstances.

He was later sentenced to eight years by the Special Criminal Court.

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