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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Man sent for trial on cocaine dealing and possession charges

Stuart Maher has not indicated how he might plead
Stuart Maher has not indicated how he might plead

A West Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of dealing cocaine. Stuart Maher (34) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared on bail before a sitting of Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh sent him forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Mr Maher, of Glenfield Park, Clondalkin, is charged with two drugs offences.

He is accused of simple possession of cocaine and with having the drug with intent to sell or supply at Neilstown Road, Clondalkin, on October 31, 2015.

A state solicitor said a book of evidence was ready and had been handed to the accused.

On a previous date, prosecution statements had been outstanding but these had since been added to the book, the court heard.

The state solicitor told Judge McHugh that the DPP was consenting to the accused being returned for trial on both charges contained in the book to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Alibi

The judge gave the defendant the formal alibi warning that he must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibis he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

Judge McHugh remanded Mr Maher on bail, under the existing terms and conditions, to appear in the circuit court on May 12, when his case will be mentioned pending a trial date being set.

There was no garda objec- tion to the same bail going forward.

Judge McHugh also directed disclosure to the defence by the prosecution of copies of the video of the defendant's garda interview.

The accused, wearing a black jacket and navy jeans, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

He signed his new bail bond before leaving court.

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

The estimated value of the drugs allegedly involved in the case was not disclosed to the court.

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