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Ryan Kelly allegedly came out of his home and dropped the revolver into a taxi driven by Anthony Walker

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Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

TWO men have been charged with possession of a loaded revolver that was found in a taxi after an alleged handover of the weapon in Dublin.

Ryan Kelly (22) allegedly came out of his home and dropped the handgun into a taxi driven by Anthony Walker (51), whose cab was intercepted by gardai minutes later in the south west of the city.

Mr Kelly was a passenger in a car driving the same route shortly after, with some of the other occupants wearing snoods and rubber gloves and carrying burner phones, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Patricia Cronin refused bail to Mr Kelly but granted conditional bail to Mr Walker.

Both cases were adjourned to Cloverhill District Court next week, for the directions of the DPP.

Mr Kelly (22) of Captain’s Road, Crumlin, and Mr Walker, a father-of-two of The Park, Kingswood Heights, Springfield Tallaght are both charged with possession of a 0.38 Smith & Wesson revolver and ammunition in suspicious circumstances on November 23.

The court heard neither accused replied to the charges after caution.

Gardai objected to bail in both cases.

Detective Garda John O’Rourke said a surveillance operation was put in place outside Mr Kelly’s home on the back of confidential information.

That evening, gardai observed him exit his house, returning moments later from across the road with something in his hand.

He went back into his house and a Toyota Prius taxi driven by Mr Walker stopped close to his home, Det Gda O’Rourke said.

Mr Kelly came out and went to the driver’s side of the taxi and dropped something in, he alleged. The taxi was placed under surveillance and stopped on the N81 where the firearm was recovered from the front passenger side footwell. Minutes later, four males including Mr Kelly were seen getting into a Volvo at Captain’s Road. This car drove the exact same route that Mr Walker had earlier drivenand was also intercepted on the N81.

Mr Kelly was a rear seat passenger car and a Nokia phone and rubber gloves were located at his feet.

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Others in the car had “burner” phones and were wearing rubber gloves and snoods, Det Gda O’Rourke continued. One of the others had the keys to a Vauxhall car which had been stolen in March. The Vauxhall was found in the Springfield area of Tallaght with false registration plates on it and a bottle of accelerant under the passenger seat. The boxes from two of the males’ mobile phones were found in Mr Kelly’s home, Det Gda O’Rourke said.

Phone communication evidence showed a phone in the taxi had sent a text message to Mr Kelly’s phone saying “I’m nearly there.” Mr Kelly had left his house after this, the garda said.

Investigations were continuing in relation to other people involved.

Mr Kelly was “caught red-handed,” Det Gda O’Rourke alleged, and he feared that Mr Kelly would not appear in court if granted bail.

The motive in the case still existed, he said, and “the end goal was not achieved.”

Mr Kelly’s solicitor Niall O’Connor said his client was presumed innocent and the case would take at least two years to go to trial.

Mr Kelly was in a long-term relationship. Judge Cronin refused bail to Mr Kelly and remanded him in custody to December 3.

Det Gda James Doolan gave evidence in Mr Walker’s case. Mr Walker had said after his arrest the gun was wrapped in cloth and only during the trip did he realise what he had collected, he said.

Barrister John Griffin, instructed by Padraig O’Donovan solicitor, applied for bail for Mr Walker. He said the accused had two children from a previous marriage and sometimes lived with his partner in Dublin 8. He proposed to stay there if granted bail.

Mr Griffin said the garda objection in his client’s case seemed to be based solely on the seriousness of the charge.

Judge Cronin said there was no evidence Mr Walker would evade justice. She granted bail in his own bond of €1,000, with half to be lodged in cash. She also required an independent surety of €5,000, half to be lodged and the rest frozen in an account.

Under conditions, he must sign on daily at his local garda station, surrender his passport, provide a contact phone number and have no contact with his co-accused.

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