Court in Ballymena is told of 'functioning Walther PPS' gun

Court in Ballymena is told of 'functioning Walther PPS' gun

A PROSECUTOR told a court in Ballymena a suspected firearm seized in connection with drugs has been forensically tested and it is confirmed to be a "functioning Walther PPS".

She was speaking in relation to two men who face drugs charges in relation to December 15 last year.

James Colin Nelson (49), with an address listed as Randox Road in Crumlin, is charged with possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply; possession of cocaine and cannabis and possessing a 'handgun' with intent to endanger life.

Damien O'Callaghan (56), of Pinebrook Vale, Blanchardstown, Dublin, is charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply; attempting to export cannabis; possession of cannabis and possession of 'criminal property'.

The prosecution lawyer told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture), the National Crime Agency said a full file in the case was due to be completed by March 9.

She said finger-print analysis was due.

The prosecutor said "no response" was received in relation to enquiries regarding PIN numbers for devices "so the digital media investigator" was due to go to London "to submit four devices to a private contractor for further forensic analysis at a cost of £2,000 per phone".

The cases, Court News NI can report, have been further adjourned to March 29.

Recently a court was told Nelson is a 'chauffeur' and he had his night time bail curfew eased to allow him to do "airport runs".

He had sought to have an electronic monitoring tag removed and a 10pm - 8am curfew removed.

A defence barrister told that court the defendant worked as a "chauffeur" and as a "private driver" he would do "airport runs" which often involved late nights and early mornings.

A National Crime Agency representative had objected to the bail change.

She said they were serious charges and told the court the defendant had "fully admitted to supplying Class A and Class B drugs, during interview, which were uncovered at his home".

The officer alleged that on December 15 the defendant "used that same business vehicle for the facilitation of criminal activities".

She added: "Significantly, a loaded firearm was also located on his home premises during a search so there is a risk to the public there".

She said the firearm and drugs have been submitted for analysis.

The officer said they would not object to a "limited variation" of the curfew.

At the previous court, Judge Broderick refused to remove the monitoring tag but agreed to vary the curfew to run from midnight to 5am.