Tuesday 23 January 2018

Man facing trial over stolen shotgun

Anthony Kearney is to go before the Circuit Court in October
Anthony Kearney is to go before the Circuit Court in October

A jobless man has been sent for trial charged with possession of a stolen double-barrelled shotgun in south Dublin.

Anthony Kearney (61) had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Kearney, of Avonmount, Sea Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow, is charged with unlawful possession of a stolen Baikal double-barrelled over-and-under shotgun at Saggart, Co Dublin on January 13.

He is also accused of having the gun without a firearms certificate.

A State Solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the accused being sent forward for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the defendant the formal notice that he must provide within 14 days details of any alibi he intends to rely on.

The judge also ordered disclosure by the prosecution of copies of the video of the defendant's garda interview.

He was remanded on bail under existing terms, but a curfew condition was deleted at the request of defence barrister Elizabeth Davey.

The court heard a condition that he signs on at Rathcoole Garda Station was reduced to three times per week.

Mr Kearney has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

He is due to appear before the Circuit Court on a date in October.

Bail had been granted in the accused's own cash bond of €500.

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