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firearms charge Man accused of pointing imitation gun at garda's head is sent for trial

It had been the garda’s belief at the time that the gun was an actual firearm and he was in fear for his life.

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Artiom Cerenkov, of no fixed address

Artiom Cerenkov, of no fixed address

Artiom Cerenkov, of no fixed address

A MAN has been sent for trial accused of pointing an imitation firearm at a garda’s head in Dublin city centre.

Artiom Cerenkov (33) had allegedly been waving it at passers-by before the garda challenged him.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

Judge Bryan Smyth sent him forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The accused, of no fixed address, is charged with possession of an imitation firearm and producing it and pointing it at a garda’s head on Abbey Street Upper on June 25, 2018.

A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to Mr Cerenkov being sent for trial to the next sittings of the circuit court, on a date in May.

The judge gave the accused the formal notice that he had 14 days to furnish the prosecution with any alibi details.

Asked if he understood this notice, Mr Cerenkov replied: “yes.”

Judge Smyth also granted free legal aid after defence solicitor Tony Collier said there had been no change in Mr Cerenkov’s financial circumstances.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail under existing terms with no garda objection.

The DPP had originally consented to the case being dealt with at district court level but Judge Smyth had refused jurisdiction after hearing an outline of the allegations.

The court heard gardai allegedly saw the accused sitting on a step waving what looked like a firearm at people as they passed by.

A garda ordered him to drop it and he allegedly failed to do so and pointed it at the officer’s head.

The garda tackled Mr Cerenkov to the ground and disarmed him.

It had been the garda’s belief at the time that the gun was an actual firearm and he was in fear for his life.

A ballistics report carried out on the gun showed it to be an imitation firearm.

The accused has not yet entered pleas to the charges, which are under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

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