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Thursday 17 October 2019

Man appears in court after being charged over handgun seizure

Edward McDonnell appeared in court with visible bruising
Edward McDonnell appeared in court with visible bruising

A man has appeared in court on a firearms charge after gardai intercepted two cars and seized a handgun in north Dublin at the weekend.

Edward McDonnell (55) was one of three men arrested by gardai investigating an ongoing feud in the capital.

He was remanded in custody after making no bail application at Dublin District Court.

Mr McDonnell, formerly from Tallaght but with an address at Waterside Apartments, The Quay, New Ross, Co Wexford, is charged with possession of a Grand Power G9 semi-automatic pistol.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Lein Park, Harmonstown, Dublin, on September 14.

Urgent

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for a week and recommended urgent medical treatment for the accused, who had visible facial bruising when he appeared in court.

Detective Garda Ronan Doolan, of the garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, told the court he arrested the accused at 3.28pm on Monday at Raheny Garda Station for the purpose of charging him.

He was charged at 5.10pm and made no reply after caution. He was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Det Gda Doolan said he was applying for the accused to be remanded in custody and would be objecting to bail. Defence solicitor Tony Collier said Mr McDonnell had been in custody all weekend and had been in the care of an on-call doctor.

He was taking a particular medication on a daily basis, which the doctor did not dispense that morning and the accused became "very unwell", Mr Collier said.

At that stage, Mr Collier said the accused would be seeking bail, but he was concerned about his client's well-being and ability to deal with the bail application.

Det Gda Doolan said he was not present this morning and was unaware of the medication issue.

"If he requires medication I think he should get it," Judge Smyth said, letting the case stand in the court list for a number of hours. When the proceedings resumed, Det Gda Doolan said Mr McDonnell had now received medical treatment and he believed the accused was not making a bail application yet.

Mr Collier said he had been furnished with details of the bail objections and he was reserving his position regarding a bail application.

The accused was consenting to being remanded in custody for a week, he said.

Mr Collier asked the judge to recommend urgent medical treatment for the accused at Cloverhill Prison on arrival there, for "injuries sustained during his arrest".

Allegation

Judge Smyth said this was only an allegation and he would recommend treatment "for injuries sustained".

He granted free legal aid and adjourned the case to September 24.

Mr McDonnell, wearing a grey sweater and blue jeans and with a bruise under his left eye, did not address the court.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge, which is under Section 27 of the Firearms Act.

According to gardai, three men were arrested when they were stopped in a car in the Artane area at around 3.30pm on Saturday.

Two of the men, in their 20s and 40s, have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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