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Paul Zambra pleads guilty to having guns with intention to endanger life

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Paul Zambra
Paul Zambra

A Dublin man will be sentenced next month after admitting possession of two firearms with intent to endanger life.

Paul Zambra (39) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a Ruger revolver and a semi automatic pistol with intent to endanger life at Clonshaugh Avenue, Coolock on May 29, 2015.

At the time Gardai had suspected that a CAB target who lived near that location named Dean Russell was a target but he told the Sunday World that he was not in danger that day.

“The police knocked up to my house after they arrested them and my daughter was there," said Russell. "They said they were checking under the car for pipe bombs, but they haven’t come back since and I haven’t been informed my life is in danger.”

“This is nothing to do with me. I wasn’t even in the country yesterday. I only got back to the house at 6.15am today. If they wanted to kill me there are plenty of easier ways to do it.”

He said gardai did call to his home after the arrests and checked under a car in the driveway. 

“The police knocked up to my house after they arrested them and my daughter was there. They said they were checking under the car for pipe bombs, but they haven’t come back since and I haven’t been informed my life is in danger.”

It is believed gardai also checked under the vehicle for a tracking device, but Russell said he is unaware if they found one.

Zambra, of Inagh Road, Ballyfermot, also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on the same occasion.

Judge John Hannon remanded him in custody until his sentence date on March 10 next when full facts will be heard.