Heroin charge added to Dublin woman's gun trial

Niamh Fitzpatrick
Niamh Fitzpatrick

A Dublin woman facing trial for possessing a revolver and ammunition has been further charged with possessing heroin for sale or supply.

Niamh Fitzpatrick (38) with an address at O'Rahilly House, Ringsend, Dublin 4, 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 February 13 last.

The case had been adjourned for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to be given.

Two further charges were 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 that the DPP has directed 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.

Judge Halpin remanded her on bail to appear again in six weeks, when it is expected that she will be served with the book of evidence and returned for trial.

The judge acceded to a request from defence solicitor Niall O'Connor for the existing bail terms to be extended to the new charges and for legal aid to be assigned.

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.