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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Motorbike charges for man allegedly caught with shotgun

Edward O’Keeffe made no reply to charges, the court heard
Edward O’Keeffe made no reply to charges, the court heard

A Dublin man allegedly caught with a semi-automatic shotgun has been further charged with possession of a stolen motorbike.

Edward O'Keeffe (37) was initially charged after his home was searched by garda detectives from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to a date in July for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, of Huntstown Drive, Mulhuddart, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with the unlawful possession of a Fabarm Ellegi semi-automatic firearm.

The alleged incident took place at his home on December 4 last year.

Mr O'Keeffe was further charged with possession of a stolen Suzuki motorbike and with shortening the barrel on a Fabarm Ellegi shotgun.

Conditions

Detective Garda Gavin Curran, from the DOCB, said that the accused was handed a true copy of the new charge sheets and he made no reply to the charges after caution.

Det Gda Curran said there was no objection to bail being extended to the new sheets.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr O'Keeffe was previously ordered to provide a mobile number to gardai and to be contactable at all times.

A weekly sign-on condition has since been deleted.

The court heard that the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charges.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said there was consent to any adjournment to allow the State to prepare the book of evidence.

Judge McHugh extended time for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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