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Four charged after PSNI finds revolver in speeding car

By Paul Higgins

Published 09/08/2016

Firearm charge: Ross Gardiner
Firearm charge: Ross Gardiner

Three men and a teenager from Kilkeel have appeared in court accused of having a gun.

Brothers Denver (24) and Ross Gardiner (23), 19-year-old Ryan Matthews and William Morris (23) are jointly charged with possessing a firearm in suspicious circumstances on August 7.

Denver Gardiner is also accused of driving without insurance and possessing cannabis.

All four applied for bail at Newry Magistrates Court yesterday, but only Matthews was released.

Giving evidence, a detective said police had "substantial grounds" to object to bail as they feared they would commit further offences.

The officer told the court that at around midnight police spotted a speeding car exiting Thomas Street in Bessbrook. Officers stopped and searched the vehicle allegedly driven by Denver Gardiner and uncovered a revolver wrapped in an orange cloth sitting on the back seat. She said that while it was found to be in working order, no ammunition was present.

A small amount of cannabis was later found in a search of Denver Gardiner's home. Checks revealed no insurance on the car.

Refusing bail due for the three oldest defendants, the district judge said the fact all three had breached conditions on previous charges meant the risk of reoffending was extremely high.

Matthews was released on his own bail of £500, ordered to reside at his mothers house and observe a curfew, and is barred from contacting other defendants. All four are due back in court on August 31.

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