Firearm accused allegedly said: ‘I’m packing well’

A man being tried on charges arising out of the firing of a shot through the front room window of a house in Cork City in May was questioned about a comment recovered from his phone where he allegedly said: “I’m packing well.”
Firearm accused allegedly said: ‘I’m packing well’

Gavin Sheehan, aged 30, of 7 Laurel Ridge, Shanakiel, Cork, has pleaded not guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to charges against him arising out of an incident on May 15.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin and the jury were told yesterday of an interview of the accused conducted by investigating gardaí in relation to a comment made the previous day, May 14.

Detective Garda Pat Condon and Det Garda Rory McGrath questioned Mr Sheehan about the communications recovered from his phone.

The detectives told Mr Sheehan there was a conversation he allegedly had with a third party, details of which were recovered from his phone, in which he said on May 14: “I’m packing well.”

He made no reply when this was put to him despite legal warnings about inferences that could be drawn from failure to reply to questions.

The detectives asked him if he was aware that ‘packing’ was a common term for possession of a firearm.

Mr Sheehan replied: “No.”

Before the warning regarding inferences that could be drawn from answers, Mr Sheehan was questioned about the firearm. “Where is the firearm you used last night, we have concerns for public safety?”

He replied: “I don’t know what you are on about.”

He was asked: “Did you fire a shot last night?”

He said: “No, I did not.”

Asked if he had a problem with Dylan Cunningham — who lives at the house where the shot was fired through the window — Mr Sheehan replied: “We are not great but I wouldn’t do anything like that.”

Asked if he had intended to shoot Mr Cunningham’s girlfriend, he said he did not do so, he did not fire a gun or have a gun, and he did not have anything against the woman in question.

Mr Sheehan has pleaded not guilty to a charge that at his home at Laurel Ridge on the May 15 he had in his possession a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic firearm.

He denies that he discharged a firearm, being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not, on Sunday, May 15, at Hollywood Estate. He also denies assault causing serious harm where he intentionally or recklessly assaulted Ciara Sheehan, causing her serious harm. He denies a further charge related to ammunition.

The trial continues today.

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