CAVAN DEFENDANT REMANDED IN CUSTODY AFTER BEING FOUND WITH “REPLICA” HANDGUN

20 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A young man with an address in Co Cavan was remanded in custody for a week at Monday’s sitting of Monaghan District Court, after he was found with what gardai believed to be a pellet gun while being arrested for a public order offence in Cavan in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Robert Ashenden, aged 23, of Castletara, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan was denied bail by Judge Sean MacBride after the court was told the defendant had also missed a sitting at Dundalk District Court last month, where he was to face charges including assault, criminal damage and theft.
The defendant had been held in contempt of court for using the word “bullshit” when the judge was explaining why bail was being refused, but this was purged when he later apologised.
With regard to the weekend incidents, Mr Ashenden was charged with being in possession of a replica handgun at Townsparks, Cavan, with being drunk, threatening a breach of the peace and refusing to obey garda directions at the time, and with stealing a replica handgun, belonging to Peter Sheridan, from 26 Creighan Drive, Cavan.
The court was told by Garda Kenneth Dolan, Cavan Garda Station, that an outstanding bench warrant had been discovered following the defendant’s arrest for possession of a firearm. The warrant had been issued at Dundalk District Court on 21st March 2012.
Inspector Pat McMorrow said the State was objecting to bail in the matter, because of the gravity of the charges and the likelihood that the defendant would not appear in court.
Garda Dolan said the defendant had been arrested on Sunday morning for public order offences in Cavan town, where it was found that he had a firearm concealed down the back of his trousers. It was believed that this was a pellet gun, but tests were still to be carried out on it.
It was also being alleged that this gun was stolen from a house at …

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