Man charged over seizure of shotgun and ammo in Limerick granted bail

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A file is to be prepared for the DPP of a man accused of unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition on the outskirts of the city

A file is to be prepared for the DPP of a man accused of unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition on the outskirts of the city

A FILE is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the case of a man who is accused of unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition on the outskirts of Limerick city.

Gerard Duhig, aged 45, of Summerhill, Clonlara, County Clare faces two charges under the provisions of the Firearms Act in relation the seizure which was made early last week.

He is accused of unlawful possession of a “Baikal double-barrelled shotgun” and five “Eley” manufactured cartridges near his home at Summerhill, Clonlara on the evening of November 20, last.

The firearm and ammunition were seized at around 6pm during an intelligence-led garda operation targeting criminal activity in Limerick.

During a procedural hearing, Detective Garda Niamh Brosnan told Limerick District Court the defendant replied: “I know nothing about this shotgun or cartridges” when he was formally charged in connection with the seizure the following day.

Sergeant John Moloney said there was no garda objection to bail subject to the defendant entering into a substantial bond and abiding by a number of conditions.

Mr Duhig, who was represented by solicitor Tom Kiely, was ordered to live at his home address in Clonlara, obey a nightly curfew and to sign on daily at Henry Street garda station.

Another condition of bail is that the defendant stays out of the St Mary's Park area of the city pending the conclusion of the proceedings against him.

Noting there was no garda objection, Judge Mary Cashin granted bail and adjourned the matter to February 22, 2019 to facilitate the securing of directions from the DPP.

Investigations are continuing and both the firearm and the cartridges have been sent to Garda Headquarters in Dublin for technical and forensic examinations.

If convicted on indictment before the circuit court, the defendant faces a mandatory sentence of five years’ imprisonment.