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PIZZA MAN HAD GUN FOR 'PROTECTION'.

Byline: ALAN ERWIN

A PIZZA delivery driver allegedly caught with a shotgun said he thought it was fake and planned to use it to ward off paramilitaries, a court heard yesterday. Prosecutors said Connor McMahon told police he paid PS310 for the sawn-off weapon but did not realise it was real.

The 25-year-old, from Dunmurry, West Belfast, is accused of possessing a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

He was granted High Court bail but banned from leaving Northern Ireland. McMahon was arrested after a police surveillance operation led to a gun being recovered from his car on October 22.

Detectives believe he bought it from a man in the Turf Lodge area after the deal was arranged by another person.

Opposing bail, a prosecutor said: "He said he bought it for protection from persons he perceived to be paramilitaries because he was under threat."

The court heard McMahon has received threat warnings from police since 2011.

Defence counsel Luke Curran said they were linked to a "minor disagreement in a bar".

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2013
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