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Friday 24 November 2017

Trio to face trial over arms haul allegedly linked to Kinahans

Declan Brady
Declan Brady

Three men arrested in connection with a massive arms find allegedly linked to the Kinahan cartel have been sent forward for trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

The trio made their latest appearance at Dublin District Court on Wednesday, where they were each served with books of evidence.

James Walsh (33), Jonathan Harding (44) and Declan Brady (51) were first brought before Dublin District Court in January, charged in connection with the haul at an industrial estate.

Raided

The find was made when officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) raided a warehouse at Grants Drive in the Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, in a dawn operation on January 24.

Mr Walsh, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin; Mr Harding, of McNeill Court, Sallins, Co Kildare; and Mr Brady, from The Park, Wolston Abbey, Celbridge, also in Kildare, are each accused of three offences under the Firearms Act.

They are charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a silencer and having five handguns.

These are alleged to have been a Zastava M83-02 six-shot revolver, two special calibre Smith & Wesson model five-shot revolvers, and two Rossi five-shot revolvers.

All three men first appeared in Dublin District Court on Friday, January 27, and have made a number of appearances before Cloverhill District Court since then via video-link.

At the first hearing, each case was dealt with individually and the accused spoke only to give their names, greet the judge and confirm that they could see and hear the proceedings.

Unmarked

The accused were brought to the Criminal Courts of Justice by gardai in unmarked cars with blacked-out windows.

In April, the High Court refused to grant bail to Mr Brady.

He is also charged with three counts - under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act - of possession of 22kg of cocaine, 11kg of heroin and 53g of cannabis, with an estimated street value of €3.2m.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy rejected Mr Brady's bail application.

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