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Young mother is refused bail over Belfast train gun charges

By Tom Tuite

A 21-year-old mum-of-one charged in connection with the handover of a loaded gun on a train to Belfast has been refused bail in Dublin.

Nikita Murtagh from Mariners Port in the city is alleged to have had the pistol in a handbag in a buggy beside a young child.

It was believed the weapon was to be used for a murder, Dublin District Court was told during a bail hearing yesterday.

Murtagh was returned for trial to the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. She is charged with unlawful possession of a CZ model 70, two rounds of ammunition and a shotgun cartridge on the Dublin to Belfast train at Connolly Station on July 19.

Garda Marguerite Reilly told a judge yesterday it was believed the loaded firearm was to be used for a murder. She said the arrest was made during an investigation into an organised crime gang feud.

She said the woman was seen pushing a buggy with a young child. A handbag containing the gun was on the side of the buggy beside a young child during the handover, it was alleged.

She was arrested later on the same day outside Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport in possession of her passport.

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