A FATHER-of-four has been jailed for seven years after he was convicted of posession of a handgun in the Ballinacurra Weston area of the city,
Dermot Gannon, aged 45, of Wellview Crescent, Mulhuddart, Co Dublin appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with the unlawful possession of a Webley revolver at Beechgrove Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, on January 11, last.
The court formally recorded a plea of not guilty on Gannon’s behalf after he declined to enter a plea and refused to stand when the charges were put to him by the court registrar.
During an uncontested trial, Sgt Arthur Ryan said he found a Webley revolver in a brown envelope under passenger seat of Gannon’s Ford Mondeo car after stopping and searching it during a routine patrol.
Sgt Ryan told Garnet Orange BL, prosecuting, that following his arrest, the defendant admitted the gun was his saying “I own it, it’s mine”. He said
Following the trial, the presiding judge, Mr Justice Paul Butler, said there was “no doubt” of Gannon’s guilt and he said the court was formally convicting the defendant.
Delivering sentence, Mr Justice Butler said the court had considered evidence that Gannon was separated from his wife and had ten previous convictions, including a number for violent behaviour.
Gannon was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.