Limerick court hears ‘enthusiast’ had silencer for shotgun

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Newcastle West court was told the man had a valid licence for his shotgun but did not have a licence for a silencer

Newcastle West court was told the man had a valid licence for his shotgun but did not have a licence for a silencer

AN LIMERICK man had a valid licence for his shotgun but did not have a licence for a silencer which he had bought from somebody in Cork, Newcastle West court was told. 

Before the court was Michael Murphy, 12 Collins Park, Abbeyfeale, who was fined €250 for possession of a silencer at his address last September 17. 

Pleading for his client, solicitor Pat Enright said that gardai searched the address on that date but “that search had nothing to do with Michael Murphy”.

“"It had to do with a third party living there. Michael Murphy was present when gardai came across the gun-safe and provided the gardai with the key,” Mr Enright explained.

The gardai found Mr Murphy’s legally held shotgun but it had a silencer attached.

“The silencer had never been used,” Mr Enright said. 

Inspector Alan Cullen explained that Mr Murphy afterwards began the process of getting a licence for the silencer but took the view it was too much trouble. 

“Why would you  buy a silencer for a shotgun?” Judge Mary Larkin asked to which Mr Enright replied: “Gun enthusiasts will buy anything going.”

For Mr Murphy, it was a hobby, he stressed. And he asked the judge to take into account that this was “enthusiasm” that got carried away. 

Judge Larkin imposed a €250 fine.