Limerick man on firearm charge is granted bail

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A LIMERICK city man who is charged in connection with the seizure of a high-powered handgun at a flat in the city centre has been granted bail.

A LIMERICK city man who is charged in connection with the seizure of a high-powered handgun at a flat in the city centre has been granted bail.

Sam O’Flaherty, aged 37, who has an address at Henry Street, is charged with possession of the Glock pistol in suspicious circumstances at his home on Saturday afternoon, October 27.

O’Flaherty was one of four men who were arrested at the flat by gardai during a pre-planned search operation.

A quantity of ammunition and a small quantity of assorted drugs were also seized and gardai say their investigations are continuing.

The weapon and the drugs have been sent for forensic analysis at Garda Headquarters,

An English national, an Austrian man and a second Limerick man, who were also arrested as part of the same investigation, were all released without charge over the weekend.

Gardai did not object to O’Flaherty’s bail application but Sgt Donal Cronin, Henry Street, asked that a number of conditions be imposed.

The defendant was ordered to surrender his passport to gardai and he must sign only daily at Henry Street garda station.

O’Flaherty, who was granted free-legal-aid, was also ordered to live at his address on Henry Street and he must notify gardai if he intends moving address.

An independent surety was approved by Judge Eugene O’Kelly on condition that he lodged €500 cash with the court.

The case was adjourned until November 13, next.