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Dublin woman on trial for possession of revolver and ammunition

Niamh Fitzpatrick
Niamh Fitzpatrick

A DUBLIN woman has been sent forward for trial for possessing a revolver and ammunition.

Niamh Fitzpatrick (38) with an address at O’Rahilly House, Ringsend, Dublin 4, originally originally faced two firearms charges for unlawful possession of one round of Remington .38 special calibre ammunition and a Smith & Wesson revolver at her home address on Feb. 13 last.

Two further charges were later put to her for unlawful possession of heroin and possessing it for the purpose of sale or supply. The fresh charges are under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Judge Anthony Halpin was told that the new charges arise from “the same incident”. He was told Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed that Ms Fitzpatrick is to face trial on indictment on all the charges, meaning her case will go before a judge and jury in the circuit court which has wider sentencing powers.

She has not yet indicated how she will plead. She was served with a book of evidence and Judge Halpin told her she must notify the prosecution if she intends to use an alibi in her defence.

Judge Halpin granted the DPP's request to send her forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where she will face her next hearing on Oct. 6. The judge remanded her on continuing bail.

Bail conditions had been set earlier requiring her own bond of €1,000 and a €5,000 independent surety. She has had to surrender her passport and must sign-on twice a week at a Garda station.