Limerick man charged with possession of ammunition

Defendant appears before Special Criminal Court

Limerick man charged with possession of ammunition

John Costello appeared before an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court

A COUNTY Limerick man has been remanded in custody after he appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with firearms offences.

John Costello, aged 59, of Glenashrone, Abbeyfeale is accused of possession of more than 700 rounds of ammunition.

At an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court late last night, Detective Garda Michael Herlihy gave evidence of arresting the defendant in Abbeyfeale on Wednesday afternoon.

He told State Solicitor Liam Mulholland that he made no reply when he was arrested.

Mr Costello is charged with possession of 450 rounds of .38 special calibre ammunition and 329 rounds of 9mm calibre ammunition at Main Street, Abbeyfeale on Sunday last, February 21.

He is also charged with possession of three rounds of 9mm calibre ammunition at his home address the following day.

Dean Kelly BL, representing the defendant, said his client was not seeking bail but may do so when he appears before the court again, next Tuesday, March 1.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, sitting with Judge Flann Brennan and Judge William Hamill, remanded Mr Costello in custody until Tuesday.