Two Dublin men were jailed for six years at the Special Criminal Court today for the possession of firearms and ammunition.
John Brock (35), with an address at Homelawn Road, Tallaght, Dublin and Thomas Morris (29), Meadowlands Mews, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, had pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of firearms, including a double and a single barrelled sawn-off shotgun, a bolt-action rifle, a telescopic sight for a rifle and being in possession of eleven shotgun cartridges, at Piperstown Hill, Tallaght, Dublin, on June 6th last year.
Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding at the three-judge court, said that it was “a very large cache of very serious firearms” and that “no material regret” or promise of ceasing such behaviour in the future was offered by the two men.
He sentenced them to six years for possession of the firearms and six years for possession of the ammunition. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Earlier, Det Supt Diarmuid O’Sullivan, of the Special Detective Unit, had told the court that gardaí observed the two men concealing the weapons in a field in the Piperstown Hill area on June 5th last year.
He said that on the following day the men were observed retrieving the firearms before they were arrested by gardaí.
Brock’s sentence is to run from December 1st last year.
Neither man has previous convictions.