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Dublin man caught with 'improvised' gun remanded on bail

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Jason Maher
Jason Maher
Jason Maher
Jason Maher
Court: Maher was arrested after gardai responded to a crash on the M50 on the morning of January 6 last.
Court: Maher was arrested after gardai responded to a crash on the M50 on the morning of January 6 last.

A 42-YEAR-OLD Dublin man charged with possessing an "improvised" gun has been remanded on bail pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

Jason Maher from Fairlawn Park in Finglas had been arrested after gardai responded to a crash on the M50 on the morning of January 6 last. He had replied "nothing" when asked if he had any reply to charges for possessing an “improvised” firearm and ammunition.

On January 7 he was granted bail at Dublin District Court pending directions from the DPP.

Today a State solicitor told Judge Michael Walsh that Mr Maher is to face "trial on indictment. This means his case will sent forward for trial to the circuit court which, on conviction, has wider sentencing powers.

An additional charge for drink-driving on January 6 has also been brought against him. Traffic Garda Paul Guy said yesterday (wed) that Mr Maher had "no reply" when the new charge was put to him.

The 42-year-old, who has not yet entered a plea, was ordered to appear again in six weeks when he will be served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

There has been no objection to him remaining on €1,000 bail with no cash lodgement required. It is subject to conditions that had been set in January.

He has had to surrender his passport and he must sign on every evening from 6-9pm at Finglas Garda station, reside at his current address and notify gardai of any change.

He was also told to provide gardai with a contact telephone number.

Mr Maher, who is unemployed, has been granted legal aid and must stay out of the Clondalkin area in west Dublin as a condition of bail.