Bal­brig­gan man (42) sent for­ward for trial

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A BAL­BRIG­GAN taxi driver has been sent for trial ac­cused of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of €100,000 worth of cannabis in his work ve­hi­cle.

James O’reilly (42) had a book of ev­i­dence served on him when he ap­peared on bail be­fore a sit­ting of Bal­brig­gan Dis­trict Court.

Judge Der­mot Dempsey sent him for­ward to Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court where he will face trial by judge and jury.

The de­fen­dant, of Chief­tain’s Close in Bal­brig­gan is charged with three of­fences un­der the Mis­use of Drugs Act.

He is ac­cused of the sim­ple pos­ses­sion of cannabis un­der Sec­tion 3 of the Mis­use of Drugs Act; be­ing in pos­ses­sion of cannabis for sale or sup­ply un­der Sec­tion 15 of the Mis­use of Drugs Act and with be­ing in pos­ses­sion of over €13,000 worth of cannabis for sale or sup­ply un­der Sec­tion 15A of the Mis­use of Drugs Act.

A State solic­i­tor in­formed the court a book of ev­i­dence was ready and had been served upon the ac­cused.

The State solic­i­tor told Judge Dempsey that the Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions was con­sent­ing to the ac­cused be­ing re­turned for trial on the three charges con­tained in the book to the next sit­tings of Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court.

The judge gave the de­fen­dant the for­mal al­ibi warn­ing that he must pro­vide to the prose­cu­tion within 14 days de­tails of any al­i­bis he in­tends to rely on in the course of his trial. Judge Dempsey re­manded O’reilly on bail, un­der the ex­ist­ing terms and con­di­tions, in­clud­ing that that he sign on once a week at Bal­brig­gan Garda Sta­tion, to ap­pear in Court 5 at the Crim­i­nal Courts of Jus­tice, Park­gate Street on Oc­to­ber 13., when his case will be men­tioned pend­ing a trial date be­ing set.

There was no garda ob­jec­tion to the same bail con­di­tion go­ing for­ward.

Judge Dempsey as­signed O’reilly’s solic­i­tor Ms Fiona D’arcy one se­nior coun­sel and one ju­nior coun­sel and also di­rected dis­clo­sure to the de­fence by the prose­cu­tion of copies of the video of the de­fen­dant’s garda in­ter­view.

O’reilly did not ad­dress the court dur­ing the brief hear­ing apart from to con­firm it is Bal­brig­gan Garda Sta­tion he signs on at and that he un­der­stood the terms of his bond.

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