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Man Denied Bail On Stolen Gun Charges

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

03:34 11 Aug 2023

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A father of one allegedly filmed delivering two stolen shotguns to a house during a feud in Tallaght two years ago has been refused bail.

PJ McNamara, 26, Ardmore Drive Tallaght, appeared before Judge Ciaran Liddy at Dublin District Court today.

The father of one is accused of unlawful possession of two shotguns in suspicious circumstances and possessing stolen property on July 23, 2021, at Rossfield Green.

Detective Garda Sean Brennan said Mr McNamara made no reply when charged on Thursday, and the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed the case be dealt with at a higher level, in the Circuit Court.

Defence solicitor Michael French told a contested bail hearing that there may be a delay argument because his client had thought the matter was "finished".

Detective Garda Brennan alleged that the accused brought a bag containing the firearms to the front of a house.

The weapons, stolen in two burglaries in Meath and Louth earlier, were recovered, and the detective believed the incident was connected to a local feud involving firearms.

Detective Garda Brennan feared Mr McNamara would flee the jurisdiction, and he had lived in the UK previously.

He accepted the accused had remained in the locality since being interviewed and was "available all the time".

Mr French said his client had denied knowing what was in the bag and thought the matter was finished.

Since then, he had become a father and offered to obey strict bail conditions to alleviate garda concerns.

The solicitor said his client could wait two or three years until his trial.

Judge Liddy refused bail and remanded Mr McNamara in custody pending the prosecution's preparation of a book of evidence, which must be served on the accused before granting a trial order.

Legal aid was granted after the judge noted Mr McNamara was on social welfare.

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