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Man accused of discharging shotgun in public whilst under the influence

He was released on bail with a single condition not to consume alcohol

Newry Courthouse

A man accused of discharging a shotgun in a public place whilst under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, has appeared in court in Newry.

The 58-year-old was released on bail, whilst prosecution awaited a full file in the case, with a single condition that the defendant does not consume alcohol.

Wilson Hudson MacGuffin, of Rooney Park, Kilkeel, appeared charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition in suspicious circumstances, possession a loaded firearm while drunk or under the influence of drugs and discharging a firearm in a public place at Newry Magistrates’ on Wednesday.

As the charges were read, it was outlined that the offences were alleged to have occurred on February 2 in the vicinity of Rooney Road, Kilkeel, with the firearm being described as a shotgun.

Standing in the dock, the defendant confirmed that he understood the charges he faced.

A constable stated that he believed he could connect MacGuffin to the offences.

Defence counsel made no questions to this connection.

Prosecution informed the court that a full file was still outstanding in the case.

MacGuffin was released on his own bail of £300, with a single condition not to consume alcohol, to appear on April 1 for an update in the case.

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