A Fingal man facing a firearm and a drugs charge that carries possible life imprisonment has been refused permission to visit Amsterdam to celebrate his birthday.
Christopher O’Connor (aged 20) of Lusk who is charged with unlawful possession of a Webley revolver and having cannabis for supply on March 23, 2008 failed in his application to have his passport returned to him so that he could travel to Amsterdam in September.
Judge Rory McCabe, at a vacation sitting of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, said after hearing O’Connor’s evidence, that due to the seriousness of the charges he was refusing his application to have his passport returned to him for the visit to Holland.
“There is a possible life sentence involved in this matter,” the judge said.
Garda Brian Healy objected to his application due to what he called “the seriousness of the charges and the possibility he mightn’t return to Ireland for his case”.
Garda Healy agreed with defence counsel, Ms Martina Baxter BL, that O’Connor had abided up to now with his bail conditions, including signing-on and that he had been cooperative at all times.
Garda Healy agreed also with Ms Baxter’s suggestion that “if he had chosen to leave the jurisdiction at any time he could have done so”.
O’Connor told Judge McCabe that he wanted to travel to Holland between September 18-21 “for my birthday” and undertook to return his passport to gardaí on his return.
He applied to have his passport returned to him now because it was out of date and he needed to get a new one in time for the proposed visit.