Firearms charges struck out af­ter Dun­leer man pays €4k

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A 38-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of unau­tho­rised pos­ses­sion of firearms, has had the charges struck out, af­ter he paid €4,000 to char­ity.

Joseph Sav­age, 46 Wood­grove Heights, Dun­leer, ad­mit­ted the items were his.

Ev­i­dence was given that a ri­fle and a num­ber of hand­guns, dis­cov­ered by gar­daí dur­ing a search of his house on 4 Fe­bru­ary, 2016, were above one joule, and there­fore not clas­si­fied as toys, rather li­cenced firearms.

The weapons were de­scribed as ‘strong pel­let guns, and not firearms in the con­ven­tional sense.’

Solic­i­tor, Der­mot Mon­a­han, said his client bought the guns 10 years ago in Jones­bor­ough, Co. Ar­magh.

They haven’t been used, ‘and were sit­ting at home.’

He added Sav­age is a hard­work­ing man, who has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. He had €1,000 with him. ‘I’ll take five grand off him, and I’ll give him ten min­utes,’ said Judge Cough­lan.

As it turned out, the de­fen­dant had longer to get the money, and when the case was re­called, Mr. Mon­a­han said his client had gone to the Credit Union in Dun­leer, and now had €4,000.

The judge said he would ac­cept €4,000, and he struck out the charges.

An or­der was made for the de­struc­tion of the firearms.

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