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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Taser 'was for own protection after break-in', court is told

Damien Sallinger was fully co-operative with gardai
Damien Sallinger was fully co-operative with gardai

A man accused of unlawfully keeping a Taser in his bedroom is facing trial.

Damien Sallinger (47) alleg- edly told gardai he had the weapon for his protection after his house was broken into.

Mr Sallinger appeared before Dublin District Court charged with possession of a Taser as a weapon without a firearms certificate at his home at Galtymore Close, Drimnagh.

Judge Michael Walsh decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level and adjourned it for the production of a book of evidence.

A garda sergeant said the DPP had consented to the case being dealt with summarily at district court level, subject to a judge considering jurisdiction.

Giving an outline of the all- egations, the sergeant said a search was carried out at the house at 5.05pm on December 3, 2017.

Responsibility

A suspected Taser was found in an upstairs bedroom and the accused took responsibility for it straight away, the court heard.

It was alleged he said he got it years ago after his house had been broken into.

The accused signed the garda's notebook, the court was told. The Taser was subsequently analysed and found to be classified as a weapon under the relevant act.

The court heard the accused was fully co-operative with gardai and compliant throughout the investigation.

The Taser was "covered in dust" and was something that was "of some antiquity", Mr Sallinger's lawyer said.

Judge Walsh said it was a "particularly serious" charge and, therefore, he was refusing jurisdiction. He adjourned the case to a date next month.

The case will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

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