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Friday 9 December 2016

Man facing trial on ammo and €13k cocaine charges

Blanchardstown

Damien Wilson of Harelawn Green, Clondalkin, charged with unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Blanchardstown Court Dublin
Damien Wilson of Harelawn Green, Clondalkin, charged with unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Blanchardstown Court Dublin
Damien Wilson of Harelawn Green, Clondalkin, charged with unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Blanchardstown Court Dublin

A Dublin man has been sent for trial charged with having more than €13,000 worth of cocaine and shotgun ammunition at a house in the west of the city.

Damien Wilson (46) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Wilson, with an address at Harelawn Green, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply at Chaplain's Place, Clondalkin on October 10 last.

He is also charged with possession of more than €13,000 worth of the drug, and having four shotgun cartridges without a firearms certificate on the same date and at the same location. The charges are under the Misuse of Drugs and Firearms acts.

A State solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the case being returned for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Wilson the formal notice that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming asked Judge McHugh to extend free legal aid to cover two counsel in the Circuit Court.

Judge McHugh granted this, saying he was satisfied that the case "crossed the threshold" and that the sooner this was done the better.

Disclosure

A statement of his financial means was handed in to court and there were no garda objections. Judge McHugh also granted an order for disclosure of copies of Mr Wilson's garda interview to the defence.

Previously, Garda John McWeeney said Mr Wilson made no reply to the charges after caution. He has not indicated how he intends to plead to any of the charges.

He was remanded on bail on existing terms.

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