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Man To Be Sentenced Next Week For Possessing Gun In Suspicious Circumstances

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A man arrested by gardaĆ­ investigating gangland activity in Dublin will be sentenced next week for possession of a gun in suspicious circumstances.

Andrew Oā€™Keefe from Drumcliffe Road, Cabra in Dublin was arrested following a confrontation with armed gardaĆ­ during which shots were fired.

On September 6th last, armed gardaĆ­ were dispatched to the Ballyfermot area on foot of information that a van was in the area with criminal intent.

They found the van and gave chase.

Andrew Oā€™Keefe threw a plastic bag from the passenger side window before it crashed into some bollards.

He and the driver then made a run for a jeep that was parked nearby.

Mr Oā€™Keefe was arrested before he got there, and the jeep then drove at gardaĆ­ while he was on the ground.

Shots were fired when the driver failed to stop.

A loaded black handgun and silencer were found inside the bag Mr Oā€™Keefe threw out the window, and he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm under suspicious circumstances.

The court heard he was in the throes of a long-standing cocaine addiction at the time and was asked to bring the weapon from A to B for a certain sum.

The 29-year-old father-of-two has been in and out of prison for a large portion of his adult life.

He will be sentenced for this offence next Tuesday.


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