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Dublin man allegedly caught transporting bullets and a handgun has trial set

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Michael Hanney
Michael Hanney

A DUBLIN man, who was allegedly caught transporting bullets and a Russian-made semi-automatic handgun, has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

Gardai stopped and searched a car at 5pm on July 13 at Carton Way in Ballymun in north Dublin.

Michael Hanney, 22, of Marewood Crescent in Ballymun was charged with unlawfully possessing a Marakov 9mm handgun and three rounds of ammunition at Carton Way.

He made his fifth appearance at Dublin District Court today where Judge John Cheatle heard that the DPP has consented to the defendant facing trial on indictment. A book of evidence was served and the man was told that he must notify the State within 14 days if he intends to use an alibi in his defence.

Judge Cheatle granted legal aid and told Mr Hanney that he was being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on April 8; he has not yet entered a plea. Judge Cheatle remanded him on continuing bail.

At his first hearing, in July, defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said it was alleged that his client was "in the role of the courier rather than anything more serious". During an earlier bail application, Mr Kelleher had said the 22-year-old is the main carer for his mother and an ill brother.

He has been ordered to sign on regularly at his local Garda station, to surrender his passport, obey a curfew and not have any contact with a co-accused.