Sawn-off shotguns and drugs seized in Portarlington

Sawn-off shotgun.
A Kildare man could face more ‘serious charges’ after being charged with firearms offences for guns seized in Portarlington last week.

A Kildare man could face more ‘serious charges’ after being charged with firearms offences for guns seized in Portarlington last week.

Luke Jacob who gave an address at Appt 4 the Oaks, Portarlington appeared at a special sitting of Portlaoise District Court last Sunday morning. Jacob, who is from Rathangan, was brought before Judge John Coughlan on two firearms charges after a garda raid on the appartment last Friday, September 13.

During the raid gardaí seized two sawn-off shotguns, a pistol, ammunition and cannabis herb estimated to be worth up to €10,000.

Jacob was arrested at the time and charged with firearms offences after a day of questioning. The accused was brought to the district court under armed garda escort.

Garda Detective Gerry Galwey, asked that Jacob be held in custody to appear at Portlaoise District Court on Thursday, September 19. Judge Coughlan granted this request noting that there was no application for bail. He granted legal aid after Det Galwey said further “serious charges” may be brought.

Defence solicitor Declan Breen said his client suffers from asthma and hepatitis C and requested that Jacob be allowed to attend an appointment in St James Hospital, Dublin which was granted.