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Friday 9 December 2016

Carer in court on €2k drugs charges

Christopher Fitzpatrick (39) had the case against him adjourned when he appeared in court on drugs charges.
Christopher Fitzpatrick (39) had the case against him adjourned when he appeared in court on drugs charges.

A CARE worker has been accused of having more than €2,000 worth of cannabis when he was stopped by gardai in west Dublin.

Christopher Fitzpatrick (39) had the case against him adjourned when he appeared in court on drugs charges.

Mr Fitzpatrick, with an address at McKee Park, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, is charged with possession of the drug with intent to sell or supply.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Fonthill Road in Clondalkin on January 26 last.

He is also charged with a related count of simple possession on the drug.

Deal

Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai stopped and searched the accused after allegedly seeing him "acting suspiciously".

The total value of the cannabis allegedly seized was €2,130, she said. Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

He ordered disclosure of prosecution material to the defence at the request of Mr Fitzpatrick's barrister, Jennifer Jackson.

She applied for free legal aid, saying that the accused was working part time.

Judge McHugh granted legal aid as the accused's earnings were below the required threshold. Mr Fitzpatrick has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

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