Ready to fire Business student accused of transporting loaded gun through Dublin held on €15k bail
The detective said the weapon was loaded with two cartridges, it had the safety pin switched to the off position and the gun “was ready for use, ready to fire”
August 19 2021 08:01 PM
A business student arrested in Dublin for transporting a loaded sawn-off shotgun which was “ready for use” with its safety pin switched off has been held on €15,000 bail.
Beloji Kareem, 22, of Rochfort Avenue, Lucan, Co. Dublin was arrested on Monday by officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB)
He appeared before Judge Conal Gibbons on Thursday evening for a contested bail hearing.
Mr Kareem is charged with two offences under the Firearms Act for possessing a 12 gauge Beretta shotgun and two rounds of ammunition in suspicious circumstances, which can result in a 14-year sentence.
Detective Garda Liam Eviston told the court Mr Kareem made no reply to charge. Objecting to bail he told the court the GNDOCB conducted an intelligence led operation into movement of firearms.
Mr Kareem was allegedly under surveillance when he met an unknown male in Tallaght. The detective claimed that the accused was given a Tesco bag containing a cylindrical tube.
The court heard he then got a taxi which was stopped about 10 minutes later at the Ballyowen Road, in Lucan and he was caught red-handed.
The detective said the weapon was loaded with two cartridges, it had the safety pin switched to the off position and the gun “was ready for use, ready to fire”.
It had been wrapped in two layers of black plastic. A plastic can filled with petrol, lighters and a change of clothes was also recovered, the bail hearing was told.
Questioned by defence counsel Kevin McCrave, the detective agreed that the weapon was sealed in double wrapping. The barrister put it to him that the gun had been already loaded with the safety pin off when it was given to his client.
The detective said he had no evidence to the contrary.
Flight risk was a ground for the objection to bail.
Detective Garda Eviston agreed the student had surrendered his passport and other documents and he has resided with his family in Lucan for the past 10 years. His mother was in Nigeria but he lived with other family members.
Mr Kareem pleaded for bail and told the court he was not involved in organised crime and had lived in Ireland since he was two or three years old.
He said he would abide by any terms set down by the court.
Judge Gibbons remarked that Mr Kareem, who was in tears at end of the proceedings, was accused of possessing the firearm in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
He remanded him in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €200 and an independent surety of €15,000 would have to be approved.
He will face his next hearing on Aug. 26 at Cloverhill District Court.