Son of Jim Mansfield sent for trial accused of possessing over 1,200 rounds of ammunition

Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield
Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield

A SON of billionaire businessman Jim Mansfield has been sent forward for trial accused of unlawful possession of more than 1,200 rounds of ammunition.

Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield (38) is accused of having 1,257 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwinters Lake in Saggart. He had pleaded not guilty at Dublin District Court, which refused jurisdiction to hear the case.

He appeared again at the same court on Monday when he was served with a book of evidence by Det Garda Ian Pemberton of the organised crime unit.

Judge Bryan Smyth told Mr Mansfield that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution within 14 days. The accused spoke briefly, saying "yes" when asked if he understood.

Judge Smyth said he was sending Mr Mansfield forward for trial at the present term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where his next hearing is scheduled to take place on March 3.

The state noted from defence counsel Aisling Kelly that Mr Mansfield that would not be able to attend court on the next date as he will be out of the jurisdiction.

The district court has heard that he was licensed to have 300 bullets for a legally owned Walther .22 pistol, which he kept in a picture frame hanging over his bed.

However, it has been alleged he had 1557 rounds of ammunition for the gun at his home, on January 29, 2015. It has been held that his case is too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Meanwhile his brother, Jim Mansfield Jnr (48) who is accused of having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart on January 29, 2015, will go on trial at the district court in June. He has also pleaded not guilty.

In an outline of the evidence given earlier, the district court heard 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.

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