Teen caught with sawn-off shotgun

A teenager who threw a sawn-off shotgun and a cartridge over a wall into a garden when he saw a member of An Garda Siochana is to be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The 17-year-old claimed he was being manipulated by other people as he was told to take the gun and throw it into a nearby canal.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun in Clondalkin on April 18, 2009.

Garda Kieran O’Neill told Ms Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that he saw two youths who appeared to be “agitated and nervous” leaning over a garden wall in Clondalkin.

The accused was wearing surgical gloves as he claimed “it was cold in the park.”

After searching the area Gda O’Neill located the sawn-off shotgun and cartridge in a front garden of a house.

The teenager was arrested and admitted that after he got a phone call from the “young one” he was seeing asking him to meet her at her home, he walked through the park and someone whistled at him.

He claimed a man whom he did not know asked him to “carry something over to the canal” and told him to get a pair of gloves so his fingerprints would not be on the weapon.

“I didn’t take any notice that it was a gun and I felt I couldn’t say no as I was afraid to,” the teen said in his statement to gardaí.

He said he “knocked into a mate’s house to get gloves” and that he was scared as it was the “first time he ever saw a gun” in his life.

Ms Caroline Biggs SC, defending said the teen is “vulnerable and easily led” and felt scared and pressurised into taking the gun to the canal.

Judge Frank O’Donnell remanded the teenager on continuing bail for sentencing in November.


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