Saturday 22 October 2016

Electrician sent for trial on €13,000 drugs charges

Paul Keenan
Paul Keenan

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

Paul Keenan (36) had a book of evidence served on him at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Keenan, of Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan, is charged with possession of cannabis and cocaine with intent to sell or supply at that address.

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

The offences are alleged to have happened on April 24 last year.

A state solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment and consenting to the case being sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave the defendant the formal notice that he must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibi he intends to rely on.

He then sent him forward to the Circuit Court, where he is due to appear on a date later this month.


Previously, Sgt Mary Doherty handed evidence on the defendant's arrest, charge and caution into court by certificate.

The judge had granted free legal aid for the accused after hearing that Mr Keenan was a self-employed electrician but his mortgage was in arrears.

There was no garda objection.

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

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