Limerick men to face trial at Special Criminal Court over seizure of loaded 9mm pistol

Eoin Reynolds

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Eoin Reynolds

The pistol and ammunition were seized during a garda operation in the Corbally area

The pistol and ammunition were seized during a garda operation in the Corbally area

TWO men charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in Limerick last year will face trial at the Special Criminal Court.

John O'Donoghue, 29, of Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick and Paul Whelan, 25, of Dalgaish Park, Moyross, Limerick were arrested last year and charged with possession of a loaded 9mm colt semi-automatic pistol which was located in a car park at Park Road, Corbally on July 30, 2018.

Both men were later charged with possession of the same weapon on the same date with intent to endanger life under the Criminal Justice Act 2006. They also face a charge of suspicious possession of eight rounds of ammunition.

The District Court in Limerick sent the men to the Special Criminal Court to make an order that they be tried at the non-jury, three-judge court. Justice Tony Hunt presiding, with Judge Patricia Ryan and Judge Ann Ryan, made the order under section 49 (e) of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

The men will be before the court again on February 21 next.