Balbriggan man (42) sent forward for trial
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.