Monday 20 May 2019

Teenager charged with having gun after shootout that injured garda

Gardai at the scene of the incident in Barnwell Drive
Gardai at the scene of the incident in Barnwell Drive

A teenager has been charged with possession of a handgun and ammunition after he was arrested following a shooting incident in north Dublin in which a garda was injured.

Shane Fay (18) appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday on firearms charges, following a search at a house in Ballymun.

He was arrested by detectives investigating an incident last week in which a garda and a young man suffered gunshot wounds during an exchange of fire.

Judge Michael Walsh refused him bail and remanded him in custody until next Tuesday.

Mr Fay, of Belclare Park, Ballymun, is charged with possession of a 0.38mm Davis Industries semi-automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Barnwell Drive, Ballymun, on December 7.

Garda Stephen Enright said he arrested Mr Fay at Ballymun Garda Station for the purpose of charge. He made no reply after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Gda Enright said Mr Fay had been arrested at 10.39am on December 8, at Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown.

He was interviewed a number of times, Gda Enright added.


The garda objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations. He said the incident arose from a planned search operation that was being conducted by gardai on the property.

It was alleged the accused had in his possession a semi- automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Mr Fay could live at his parents' address in Belclare Park.

Both parents were profoundly disabled and the accused was involved in their care on a daily basis, Mr Fleming added.

He had a number of siblings living in the jurisdiction. Mr Fay was on social welfare and his parents were in receipt of disability allowance.

In the course of his detention, he denied the allegations that he was in possession of the firearm and ammunition.

Mr Fleming said the accused would comply with any bail conditions the court deemed appropriate. He would sign on at Ballymun Garda Station and provide a contact number.

He believed the garda's concerns could be dealt with by strict conditions.

Judge Walsh refused bail and remanded the accused in custody, to appear at Cloverhill District Court on December 19, for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

Mr Fay, wearing a blue hooded top and navy tracksuit bottoms, did not speak during the bail hearing.

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