Kildare man pleads guilty to possession of revolver and ammunition, one day after trial on firearms charges opens

The Blacktrench man's trial opened yesterday

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Kildare man pleads guilty to possession of revolver and ammunition, one day after trial on firearms charges opens

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

A Kildare man has pleaded guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to possession of a revolver and ammunition, one day after his trial on firearms charges opened. 

Sean Ruth, 29, with an address at Blacktrench, Rathangan, Co Kildare admitted today, Tuesday, January 22, to possession of a .38 Special Calibre "Rossi" revolver and a 9mm calibre round of ammunition at a place unknown within the State between January 1, 2016 and January 24, 2017, both dates inclusive.

These offences are contrary to Section 2 of the Firearms Act, 1925 as amended by Section 27 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

Ruth originally pleaded not guilty at the three-judge court yesterday, Monday, to unlawful possession of the firearm and ammunition on the same occasion and prosecution counsel Paul Burns SC made his opening address in the trial. 

State Solicitor Rioghnach Corbett this morning told the court that the DPP had directed that Mr Ruth be brought before the court pursuant to Section 49 of the Offences Against the State Act and charged with two counts of possession.

Detective Garda Brian Johnson gave evidence that he met Mr Ruth in the precincts of the court this morning and handed him a copy of the charge sheet, explaining the substance of the charges to him.

A book of evidence was then served on the defendant.

When the registrar put the two new counts to Ruth and asked him how he was pleading, he replied, “Guilty” to both. 

Mr Justice Paul Coffey, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge David McHugh, remanded Ruth in custody until Thursday, when he will be sentenced.