The lawyer for a 40-year-old man accused of having a pistol and ammunition in a housing estate in Cork city challenged the necessity for a second ballistics report being prepared by the prosecution.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis said at Cork District Court that the investigating officer had informed him that the first report was a preliminary report and that a second more comprehensive report was necessary.
Defence solicitor Joseph Cuddigan, said he did not accept that explanation. He said the first report stated categorically that it was a viable firearm and a viable bullet.
He said that in the meantime the accused man, Jonathan O’Sullivan of 55 Barrett’s Buildings, Gurranabraher, Cork, was being remanded in custody week after week.
Judge Olann Kelleher remanded the accused in custody now until June 10 for directions to be obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Garda Keith Shier charged O’Sullivan with two counts namely having a firearm and having ammunition.
The firearm charge states that, “On March 23 at Ardcullen, Hollyhill, Cork, in the District Court area of Cork city, he did have in his possession a firearm, to wit, a black. .380 ACP calibre Grand Power model G9A automatic pistol in such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable inference that he had not got it in your possession for a lawful purpose,” contrary to the Firearms Act as amended by the Criminal Justice Act.
The wording on the second charge is similar but refers to a single round of ammunition, namely a .380 ACP calibre round, contrary to the same legislation.