Court convicts Clondalkin man on gun possession charges

A Clondalkin man accused of pointing a loaded gun at gardaí while resisting arrest has been convicted of possessing the weapon in suspicious circumstances.

A Clondalkin man accused of pointing a loaded gun at gardaí while resisting arrest has been convicted of possessing the weapon in suspicious circumstances.

Ian Dutton (aged 46) of Greenfort Lawns, Clondalkin, has been found guilty of possessing a Glock semi automatic pistol and ammunition in suspicious circumstances; possession of a firearm and ammunition without a certificate at Greenfort Crescent on October 4, 2005 and obstructing a garda who attempted to finger print him.

Dutton had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to these charges and another count of producing a firearm for the purpose of resisting arrest.

The jury has yet to make its decision on this further count. It took over four hours to convict Dutton on the other charges on day-eight of the trial.

Earlier, Dutton agreed under cross-examination that he believed he was “stitched up” by gardaí who lured him to his son’s flat, made up a “cock-and-bull” story about him having a gun and subsequently produced the weapon in court.

He revealed he’s made 30 complaints to the Garda Complaints Board and the Garda Ombudsman Commission since 1987 about gardaí allegedly harassing him and his family.

He said the “harassment” had “spiralled out of control” since a complaint in the 1990s about an officer allegedly holding a gun to his young child’s head.

He told Mr John Phelan SC, defending, that he’s had to install a camera at his home “to prove what’s going on with the police".

The trial continues before Judge Frank O’Donnell and a jury of six men and six women.

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