Dublin man pleads guilty to possession of ammunition

Arrest: Gardai found ammunition in the accused's possession
Arrest: Gardai found ammunition in the accused's possession

A Dublin man has this morning pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to the possession of ammunition.

Stephen Hendrick (47), of Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, was arrested at a yard in Cloghran in Co Dublin in July 2013 by members of the Special Detective Unit and the Crime and Security Section as part of ongoing investigations in to dissident republican activity in Dublin.

At an out-of-hours sitting of the non-jury court, Mr Hendrick was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 3rd, 2013. 

He was also charged with possession of ammunition in suspicious circumstances on the same date.

Counsel for the State, Mr Garnet Orange BL, today told the court that the accused man could be arraigned on the second count on the indictment.

Mr Hendrick then stood in the dock where he pleaded guilty to the possession of 59 rounds of ammunition of various calibres and brands at Furry Park, Turnapin Great, Old Airport Road, Cloghran on July 3, 2013.

Counsel for the accused man, Mr Hugh Hartnett SC, asked that the matter be put back until next Wednesday for sentencing and other issues.

Mr Orange said he anticipated a nolle prosequi - a decision not to proceed -  would be entered on the outstanding count in due course.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the matter would be put in for Wednesday April 22.

Brian Kavanagh