Thursday 20 October 2016

Electrician faces €13k drugs charges


Paul Keenan
Paul Keenan

AN electrician has been charged with having more than €13,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis at his home.

Paul Keenan (36) was remanded on continuing bail after Blanchardstown District Court heard he is facing jury trial.

Mr Keenan has been charged with possession of cannabis and cocaine with intent to sell or supply at that address.

He has also been charged with having more than €13,000 worth of the drugs for sale or supply, and related counts of simple possession.

The charges are under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. The offences are alleged to have happened on April 24 last year.

It was the defendant's first court appearance, having been given garda station bail. Sgt Mary Doherty handed evidence of Mr Keenan's arrest, charge and caution in to court by certificate.

A State Solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment on the charges.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to a date next month for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Defence Solicitor Danny Nolan applied for free legal aid for the accused.

He told the court that Mr Keenan - with an address at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan - was a self-employed electrician, but his mortgage was in arrears.

Judge McHugh granted legal aid after there was no objection from gardai.

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges against him.

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