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Friday 14 December 2018

Man charged after gardai seize two revolvers and ammunition

William McCarthy has been remanded in custody
William McCarthy has been remanded in custody

A man has been remanded in custody after being charged over the seizure of two revolvers and ammunition in Dublin.

Gardai recovered two firearms on Friday and arrested four people as part of investigations by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by the Spec-ial Crime Task Force.

At around 4.15pm, two vehicles were intercepted at Monastery Gate Avenue, Clondalkin.

Three men in their 20s and a 28-year-old woman were arrested and detained at Clondalkin Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

One of them, William McCarthy (27), of Spencer Dock, Dublin, was charged with three counts under the Firearms Act for unlawful possession of two revolvers and 10 rounds of ammunition.

Caution

He was taken to appear before Judge Alan Mitchell at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Det Gda Anthony Kennedy told Judge Mitchell that the accused was charged at Clondalkin Garda Station at 9.25pm on Saturday.

"He made no reply to the charges after caution," Det Gda Kennedy told the court.

Defence solicitor Declan Fahy said there was no application for bail at this stage.

Judge Mitchell remanded the accused, who did not address the court, in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

He said that in the event of there being a bail application, gardai must be given 48 hours' notice. This was appropriate, he said, due to the nature of the charges.

Directions from the DPP also have to be obtained, the court was told.

Legal aid was granted after the judge received a statement of the defendant's means. Mr McCarthy is unemployed.

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