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Date set for ammo trial of Jim Mansfield Jnr

Jim Mansfield Junior
Jim Mansfield Junior

A SON of billionaire businessman Jim Mansfield will go on trial in November on ammunition charges.

Jim Mansfield Jnr (49) is accused of having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart, Dublin on Jan. 29, 2015, a charge he denies.

He was due to go on trial last week at Dublin District Court, however, as a result of legal and administrative issues it could not go ahead. 

He was not required to attend court today when Judge Kathryn Hutton ordered that the trial will take place on Nov. 27 next instead.

In an outline of the evidence given earlier, a district court heard gardai searched Jim Mansfield Jnr's home under warrant and located a legally-held Walther pistol as well as 480 rounds of ammunition, which was 180 rounds of ammunition in excess of the licence.

Defence barrister Tony McGillicuddy has said equipment for playing video evidence would be needed for the trial which will take one day to be heard.

His brother Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield (38) has been accused of possession of 1,252 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwinters Lake in Saggart. He has also pleaded not guilty.

However, it has been held that his case is too serious to be dealt with at district court level and he has been sent forward for trial to the circuit court. That case is to resume in 2018. 

They are sons of businessman Jim Mansfield Snr who died in 2014.

The businessman was behind the Citywest hotel and Weston Airport and several other companies but his ventures were badly hit by the recession.