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Saturday 14 December 2019

Man is charged after handgun and ammunition seized by gardai

Accused Trevor Byrne
Accused Trevor Byrne

A Dublin man has been charged with possession of a semi-automatic handgun and ammunition following a raid by gardai on a house in the west of the city.

Trevor Byrne (40) appeared in court on weapons charges following the seizure by detectives in Clondalkin on Friday.

Judge John Hughes remanded him in custody for a week when no bail application was made on his behalf at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Pistol

Mr Byrne, of Cappagh Road in Finglas West, is charged with unlawful possession of a 9mm Luger calibre, Radom model semi-automatic pistol.

He is also charged with having a total of eight rounds of 9mm ammunition, all at Woodford Grove, Clondalkin.

Detective Garda Marie O'Hara, of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, told the court she arrested the accused at Woodford Grove at 11.54pm on November 15.

He was detained at Clondalkin Garda Station for 24 hours under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, she said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Willis extended the detention period before the accused was released from the provisions of the act at 9.53pm on November 17, Det Gda O'Hara said.

Mr Byrne was then rearrested for the purpose of charge and made no response to any of the counts after caution, the court heard.

He was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier initially said he would be applying for bail and Det Gda O'Hara said there would be objections.

The case was put back to later in the afternoon.

When the hearing resumed, Det Gda O'Hara said she was objecting under Section 2A of the Bail Act.

Det Chief Supt Willis was present in court to give evidence of objections, for which the public would be excluded from court.

However, Mr Collier said Mr Byrne now wished to defer his application for bail.

"He is not making an application for bail, he is reserving his position in relation to a bail application," Mr Collier said.

The solicitor asked if the case could return to the Criminal Courts of Justice rather than go to Cloverhill District Court.

Mr Collier was anxious to deal with the application personally and referred to the "very serious nature of the charges" and the objections.

Det Chief Supt Willis confirmed to the court that she would be available to give evidence on November 25.

Income

Mr Collier said he would give the prosecution 48 hours' notice of his intention to apply for bail.

He applied for free legal aid, saying Mr Byrne had "no income at this time" and submitted a statement of his financial means. The judge granted legal aid after there were no garda objections.

The accused, dressed in a dark hooded jacket over a grey top, dark tracksuit bottoms and runners, was not required to address the court during the brief hearing.

He has not yet indicated to the court how he intends to plead to the charges.

Another man who was also arrested in connection with the firearms find remained in custody yesterday.

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