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Thursday 18 October 2018

Woman on pistol charge to face trial in non-jury court

Nikita Murtagh is alleged to have had a gun and ammo.
Nikita Murtagh is alleged to have had a gun and ammo.

A young Dublin woman charged with unlawfully possessing a semi-automatic pistol and ammunition on a Dublin-to-Belfast train will face trial at the Special Criminal Court.

Judges yesterday granted an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions to try Nikita Murtagh (20) at the non-jury court.

Ms Murtagh, of Mariners Port, Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, was charged with unlawful possession of a CZ model 70 semi-automatic pistol, two rounds of 7.65 Browning calibre ammunition and a shotgun cartridge when she appeared before Dublin District Court in July.

The items were allegedly recovered by gardai on a train at the city's Connolly Station on July 19.

At yesterday's brief hearing, state solicitor Michael O'Donovan said the DPP was applying to the court to make an order under Section 49 of the Offences Against the State Act that Ms Murtagh be tried before the Special Criminal Court.

Inadequate

The DPP can direct that an accused face trial in the three-judge court if it is deemed that "the ordinary courts are inadequate for effective administration of justice".

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, sitting with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge James Faughnan, made the order.

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