Ec­stasy trial col­lapses be­fore it reaches jury

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE TRIAL of a Grey­stones man col­lapsed be­fore it reached the jury at Wick­low Cir­cuit Court last week.

Paul John­son ( 29), 113 Charles­land Court, was charged with the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of ec­stasy and pos­ses­sion of ec­stasy with the in­ten­tion of sale or sup­ply at Syd­ney house, Her­bert Road, Bray on Septem­ber 26, 2012.

The case was due to start last Tues­day and a jury had been selected to hear the case.

How­ever, Ed Sweet­man, BL, act­ing for John­son made a lengthy sub­mis­sion to Judge Michael O'Shea in the ab­sence of the jury be­fore any ev­i­dence was heard re­gard­ing the va­lid­ity of the search war­rants that were used in the case.

Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive le­gal ar­gu­ment, Judge O'Shea ruled in favour of Mr. Sweet­man and on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon told the jury that the case wasn't pro­gress­ing.

He said there had been a ‘ sub­stan­tial le­gal is­sues re­gard­ing the search war­rants on which the case would stand or fall'.

He said he had ruled in favour of John­son and as a re­sult it was ‘ very dif­fi­cult for the case to pro­ceed'.

State pros­e­cu­tor Paul Mur­ray, BL, said he had been in­structed by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions to en­ter noelle pros­e­qui ( do not pros­e­cute) and Judge O'Shea told the jury this meant the case would not be pro­ceed­ing.

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