Limerick man accused of having loaded pistol in backpack granted bail

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Limerick man accused of having loaded pistol in backpack granted bail

Paul Sheehy appeared before Limerick District Court

A YOUNG man charged in connection with the seizure of a loaded firearm in the city centre has been granted bail.

Paul Sheehy, aged 25, who has an address at Childers Road Apartments, Southern Ring Road, Roxboro faces two charges under the provisions of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

He is accused of possession of a semi-automatic pistol and 13 rounds of ammunition near Colbert Station on April 9.

It is alleged the .380 callibre Makarov Pattern pistol and the ammunition were located in a backpack when the defendant was stopped and searched by gardai during an intelligence-led operation.

Opposing bail, Garda Sean Twomey said it will alleged the firearm was found in a red New Balance Liverpool backpack which the father-of-two was carrying when he got off a train which had arrived from Dublin.

He said one bullet was found in the chamber and that weapon was ‘ready to fire’

A pair of gloves and a can of WD40 were also found in the backpack.

It is the State case the father-of-two was driven to Dublin earlier in the day where he was given the backpack and contents to bring back to Limerick.

Garda Twomey said he was concerned Mr Sheehy would not appear in court if released and that he would engage in further criminality.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client had put forward a version of events following his arrest and that this had not been contradicted by gardai.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant replied he was sorry and that “I didn’t do it intentionally” when he was formally charged.

Ms Ryan said her client was willing to abide by any conditions if granted bail.

Judge O’Leary granted bail subject to an independent surety of €3,000 being approved by the court. If released, the defendant must abide by a number of strict conditions.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the matter.