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Belfast man's DNA on gun and ammunition found in block of flats, court is told

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 18/05/2016

DNA belonging to Wayne Robin Matthew (34) was discovered on a Browning semi-automatic pistol, a silencer, a magazine and 24 bullets found in Dunlop House in east Belfast in 2014, the city’s crown court was told
DNA belonging to Wayne Robin Matthew (34) was discovered on a Browning semi-automatic pistol, a silencer, a magazine and 24 bullets found in Dunlop House in east Belfast in 2014, the city’s crown court was told

A man accused of possessing a gun and ammunition found in a block of flats has gone on trial.

DNA belonging to Wayne Robin Matthew (34) was discovered on a Browning semi-automatic pistol, a silencer, a magazine and 24 bullets found in Dunlop House in east Belfast in 2014, the city's crown court was told.

Matthews, who now lives at Tower Court, is charged with possessing the firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances, and with possessing the handgun without a certificate, both of which he denies.

Outlining the case against the defendant, barrister Robin Steer said police found the items on March 27, 2014 after attending the flat on another matter.

As officers were leaving, they saw a loose ceiling tile outside the flat. The silencer was found after the tile was moved, and the weapon, and the ammunition was discovered during a search of the basement floor.

The Crown prosecutor said Matthews' DNA was found on the items, which he claimed meant he had handled them.

However, a jury was also told it was the defence's case that Matthews' DNA was on the weapon and ammo because of secondary transfer via contamination. The case continues.

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