Man allegedly caught transporting semi-automatic weapon and ammunition in court

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Appearance: Michael Hanney
Appearance: Michael Hanney

A DUBLIN man, who was allegedly caught transporting bullets and a Russian-made semi-automatic handgun, has been remanded on continuing bail to appear again in January for the DPP's directions to be obtained.

Gardai stopped and searched a car at 5pm on July 13th 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 third appearance at Dublin District Court today where Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin granted a further adjournment for the DPP's directions.

The court has heard that Mr Hanney, who has not yet entered a plea, could face further charges.

At his first hearing, in July, defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said it was alleged his client was “in the role of the courier rather than anything more serious”.

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 three days a week at his local Garda station, to surrender his passport, obey a curfew and not have any contact with a co-accused.