Kilmacanogue man loses air rifle appeal
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.