Man fails to have gun charge dropped
A west Belfast man charged with possessing a pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life failed yesterday in a legal bid to have the case dismissed.
Gerard Burleigh is accused of having a Walther P99, a quantity of 9mm rounds and a suppressor.
The 33-year-old, of Norfolk Road in the Ballymurphy area, also faces three other weapons-related charges in connection with a seizure by police in August last year.
Prosecutors allege the weapons were located at an address linked to Burleigh.
At Belfast Magistrates Court a Crown lawyer argued that DNA evidence connects the accused to the firearm.
But defence solicitor Peter Corrigan stressed that no finger prints belonging to Burleigh were found on the pistol, ammunition or silencer. Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop ruled a prima facie case was established.
Burleigh was remanded back into custody.