A judge has queried why a stolen gun charge was not before a higher court instead of in the District Court.
Judge Mary Devins was dealing with charges against 40-year-old farmer Paul Roohan, former owner of the Carlton Hotel in Belleek.
Defence solicitor Rory O’Brien was applying for an adjournment of the case
He told Donegal District Court, where Judge Devins was sitting in for absent Judge Kevin Kilrane, that he was seeking a psychiatric report.
Judge Devins was told that the case was regarded as a minor one by the prosecution, because it involved a charge of possession of a stolen Beretta double-barrel shotgun which was not involved in another crime.
She queried that, asking “Why is that minor – a stolen shotgun in the boot of a car?”
As Inspector Denis Joyce was about to relate the facts of the case, the judge said she didn’t wish to hear the facts yet.
She adjourned the case to January 26 to be dealt with by Judge Kilrane who has adjourned the summonses in previous hearings.
Roohan, with an address in Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, is accused of possession of the Beretta “over and under” double-barrel shotgun found in the boot of a car driven by him at Trumman West, Laghey, Co. Donegal, on February 9th last.
He was also accused of possession of the stolen weapon.