Kil­macanogue man loses air ri­fle ap­peal

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A KIL­MACANOGUE MAN who didn’t co­op­er­ate with Gar­daí af­ter he was found with an air ri­fle lost his ap­peal in Wick­low Cir­cuit Court last week.

Rod­ney Whe­lan, The Hunt­ing Lodge, Rocky Val­ley Drive, Kil­macanogue, had been con­victed of hav­ing the ri­fle at Cor­nagower, Brit­tas Bay on Au­gust 21, 2007. Garda O’Dono­van gave ev­i­dence that she had been called to a do­mes­tic dis­pute and on ar­rival spoke to Whe­lan (38) who agreed to leave the area. How­ever, he went to get his tools from a mo­bile home and the air ri­fle was dis­cov­ered.

He said he didn’t have a li­cence for the gun and that it be­longed to a friend called Dave Smith but he re­fused to give an ad­dress for Mr. Smith.

Act­ing for Whe­lan Gabriel Haughton, BL, said Whe­lan had been liv­ing with his wife at the time in Brit­tas Bay. He told the Gar­daí that the ri­fle had be­longed to an­other man who was work­ing on the site who was away in Spain.

Judge Ger­ard Grif­fin re­fused to set aside the or­der and said that he was un­co­op­er­a­tive about the de­tails of the owner of the gun. He af­firmed the district court or­der of a fine of € 200.

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