Saturday 16 December 2017

Man allegedly caught with a crossbow at home, court told

Glen Keogh
Glen Keogh

A YOUNG man was allegedly caught in possession of an illegally-held crossbow following a search of his home.

Glen Keogh (23) was said to have required a firearms licence to have the weapon.

Judge David McHugh ordered the disclosure of any statements and adjourned the matter for three weeks.

The accused, of Dromheath Drive, Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of a crossbow which was not authorised by a firearms certificate at his home on May 24, 2013.

The court heard the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court, where the penalties on conviction are less severe.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sgt Maria Callaghan said it is alleged that gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Mr Keogh's home, and during the course of the search a crossbow was found.

Sgt Callaghan said Mr Keogh was not present in the house at the time.

She said the crossbow was sent to the ballistics section of the Forensic Science Laboratory where it was inspected.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction of the charge, meaning the matter will remain in the District Court.

In relation to any delay in bringing the charge, Sgt Callaghan said the prosecuting garda was on sick leave for some time.

Mr Keogh has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

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