Firearms charges struck out after Dunleer man pays €4k
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.