Two Co. Tipperary men appear in court charged with possessing a gun and grenades

Two Co. Tipperary men appear in court charged with possessing a gun and grenades

A 50 year-old Cahir man and 33 year-old Clonmel man have been remanded in custody for a further month after appearing before Cashel District Court today (Wednesday) charged with possession of a gun and two grenades. 

Thomas Bates of Abbey Street, Cahir and Nigel Gartland of No. 4 Knocklofty Heights, Clonmel appeared before Judge Terence Finn charged with conspiring with each other to have in their possession a Glock pistol in the district court area of Cashel between October 24 and November 10 this year contrary to the 1964 Firearms Act. 

They are also charged with conspiring with each other to have in their possession or under their control two fragmentation grenades contrary to the 1883 Explosive Substances Act in the district court area of Cashel between October 24 and November 10. 

They were first brought before Cashel District Court charged with these offences on Sunday last and were remanded in custody to today's court sitting. 

Sgt. Alan McDevitt made an application at this morning's court sitting to further remand the two men in custody pending the submission of a file on the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions.  He told the court the preparation of the file was in its "infancy" and sought a two week adjournment. 

Solicitor Colin Morrissey, representing Bates, said his client was agreeable to a longer adjournment. Solicitor Paul Kingston also indicated Gartland was agreeable to a longer adjournment after consulting his client. 

Judge Finn remanded both men in custody to appear before Cashel District Court again on December 14.