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Mansfield brothers plead not guilty to ammo charges

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Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield (left) and Jim Mansfield Jnr arrive at court today
Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield (left) and Jim Mansfield Jnr arrive at court today

TWO sons of billionaire businessman Jim Mansfield will go on trial in November on ammunition charges.

Jim Mansfield Jnr (48) is charged with having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart on January 29, 2015.

Two further charges of possession of a Fabarm pump action shotgun and 19 rounds of 12" gauge shotgun cartridges with a certificate were struck out earlier.

His brother Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield (38) is accused of possession of 1,252 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwinters Lake in Saggart.

Their barrister Tony McGullicuddy said they would be pleading not guilty to the charges. The two men appeared before Judge Marie Keane at Dublin District Court on Wednesday.

Mr McGullicuddy said that the trial would take two days. Judge Keane reserved Nov. 21 and the following day for the hearing. She also acceded to a request to direct disclosure of an additional garda statement to the Mansfields' legal team.

The case will be listed again for mention in October to confirm the trial can proceed but the pair have been excused from attending on that date.

They are sons of businessman Jim Mansfield Snr who died in 2014. The businessman was behind the Citywest hotel and Weston Airport and several other companies but was badly hit by the recession.

Earlier, Detective Ian Pemberton of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Unit alleged that gardai searched Jim Mansfield Jnr's home under warrant and located a legally-held Walther pistol as well as 480 rounds of ammunition, which was 180 rounds of ammunition in excess of the licence.

Gardai have alleged that during a search of PJ Mansfield's home they found a licensed Walter pistol and 1,552 rounds of ammunition, which was 1,252 more than the 300 rounds he was licensed to hold.

Last week a judge ruled that the information sworn by a detective to obtain a warrant to search businessman Jim Mansfield and his brother PJ's homes must be furnished to their lawyers.