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Monday 25 September 2017

Man sent for trial charged with growing cannabis at his home

Thomas Black is also charged with possession of cocaine
Thomas Black is also charged with possession of cocaine

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of growing cannabis at his home.

Thomas Black (33) also had cocaine for sale or supply when gardai searched his house, it is alleged.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he app-eared before Blanchardstown District Court on drugs charges.

Mr Black is charged with cultivation of cannabis at his home in Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin.

The offence is alleged to have happened on June 7 last year.

He is further charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply on the same date at his home, as well as a related count of simple possession of cocaine.

A state solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment.

Alibi

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

He also ordered disclosure to the defence of Mr Black's garda interview.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming applied for free legal aid, handing a statement of Mr Black's financial means in to court.

He said the accused was working, but his income was below the required threshold.

Judge McHugh granted legal aid after hearing that there was no garda objection to covering both Mr Black's solicitor and a barrister in the circuit court.

The defendant, who has not indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, was rem- anded on bail under existing terms and conditions.

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