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Accused Trevor Byrne

Accused Trevor Byrne

Accused Trevor Byrne

A man who was found by armed gardai in a back garden cabin, where a loaded handgun had been stashed, has entered a plea of guilty at the Special Criminal Court this afternoon.

The accused man Trevor Byrne (40) also had just over €3,000 in his pocket, his trial had heard.

Byrne, of Cappagh Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, had denied the charges against him and was two weeks into his trial at the three-judge Special Criminal Court when his barrister Conor Devally SC today asked for his client to be re-arraigned.

Byrne then pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded 9mm Luger-caliber Radom 35 firearm at a house in Woodford Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on November 15, 2019.

Three other charges of possession of ammunition and €3,050 in cash that he was reckless towards, believed to be, or knew to be the proceeds of crime, will be taken into consideration at sentencing. A sentence hearing will be held next Wednesday, December 9.

The trial heard that the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) raided the house in Woodford Grove at around 11.30pm on November 15 and found Byrne in a cabin to the rear of the property where he was sitting on a couch alongside another male.

A Detective Garda from the ERU told Mr John Byrne BL, prosecuting, that he pointed his weapon at Trevor Byrne while he was sitting on the couch and shouted "armed gardaí, armed police" before ordering him to the ground, as other gardaí dealt with the second male.

"There was no response at all, he [Trevor Byrne] just sat there looking at me," the Det Gda said.

The witness said that after two more warnings and no reaction he holstered his weapon, pulled Trevor Byrne from the couch and put him in a face-down position on the ground.

When Byrne was taken to Clondalkin Garda Station he refused to engage with the station jailer and exercised his right to silence when interviewed.

A search of the cabin later revealed a gun underneath the couch that Byrne and the other male had been sitting on. There were five bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber. More ammunition was found during the search and Det Sgt Tom Anderson said that he searched Byrne before placing him into a Garda patrol car and found €3,050 in his tracksuit pocket.

The State was also expected to bring evidence that a DNA profile on the gun matched Byrne's DNA and that a pair of gloves, a hold-all and a balaclava found in the cabin had DNA matching Byrne's.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding alongside Her Honour Judge Sarah Berkeley and His Honour Judge Michael Walsh, adjourned the sentencing hearing until next Wednesday. The Court expects to pass sentence before Christmas.

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