A man arrested while carrying a loaded rifle and ammunition after a stolen 4x4 crashed on the outskirts of Cork City has been remanded in custody.
Don Duggan, aged 27, with an address at 65 Ballinderry Park, Mayfield, Cork, was refused bail yesterday after being brought before Cork District Court following his arrest in the Glanmire area on Wednesday.
Mr Duggan was charged with using a vehicle without consent at Springhill, Glanmire, on Wednesday, and with the unlawful taking of a vehicle at Thurles railway station in Co Tipperary on the same day, both contrary to section 112 of the Road Traffic Act.
He was further charged with the unlawful possession of a .22 calibre Anshutz rifle, of three .22 calibre bullets and of four shotgun cartridges at Springhill, Glanmire, on the same date, contrary to Section 2 of the Firearms Act.
Garda Denis Howard, a community garda based at Mayfield Garda Station, told Judge Aingeal Ní Chondúin the accused replied “sorry” in relation to the road traffic charges, and said “I didn’t know the gun was in the car” when the firearms charge was put to him.
Garda Howard said he was on mobile patrol with community garda Helen Courtney in Glanmire on Wednesday when a member of the public alerted them to a road traffic accident at Springhill.
He saw Mr Duggan leaving a crashed Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 and alleged that he was carrying a rifle, semi- concealed under a jacket.
The garda said he gave chase, disarmed the accused, arrested him under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, and subsequently discovered the rifle was fully loaded.
He said prior to the road traffic accident, the 4x4 had crashed at nearby Grandon’s Garage and caused substantial damage to a petrol pump.
The 4x4, the officer said, had been stolen that afternoon in the Golden area of Cashel in Co Tipperary.
The garda objected to bail due to the seriousness of the alleged offences.
Defence solicitor Eamon Maloney said the alleged theft of the 4x4 in Tipperary was not a “very clever theft” and involved “no skill” given the keys were left in the ignition.
Mr Duggan told the court he took the rifle from the 4x4 to protect children in the area from possible harm.
The garda inspector said the investigation was complex and would be expedited. Judge Ní Chondúin remanded the accused in custody until next Thursday.
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