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Sunday 20 August 2017

Mum allegedly had €100k of cocaine in luggage, court told

UK resident Jade Seddon is considered a flight risk by gardai
UK resident Jade Seddon is considered a flight risk by gardai

A mother-of-three accused of smuggling up to €100,000 worth of cocaine into Dublin airport in her luggage has been refused bail.

Jade Seddon (25) is alleged to have had 1.4kg of the drug in her suitcase when she flew in from Brussels.

Judge Kathryn Hutton remanded her in custody after gardai objected to bail, saying they considered her a flight risk.

Ms Seddon, with an address at Lees Road, Oldham, Manchester, is charged with possession and importation of cocaine as well as having the drug with intent to sell or supply.

Gda Killian Foley told Dublin District Court that the accused was allegedly found in possession of 1.4kg of cocaine worth between €90,000 and €100,000 on March 30.

He objected to bail, stating that the defendant was considered a flight risk.

She was a British citizen with no connections to Ireland and it had been her intention to return to Manchester.

"I believe she will evade justice by returning to the UK if granted bail," the garda said.

The charges were serious, carrying a maximum prison term on conviction of 14 years. There could also be a further charge brought.

Admissions

The cocaine was allegedly found in Ms Seddon's suitcase after she travelled here from Brussels and she had made admissions in interview, the garda added.

Cross-examined by counsel John Griffin, for the defendant, the officer agreed that he was happy with Ms Seddon's identity and that the address she had provided exists.

Mr Griffin said the garda's belief that the accused was a flight risk was based simply on the fact that she was a UK resident.

The case would most likely be dealt with on indictment, and if bail were refused she could be in custody for a year or more if she went to trial, Mr Griffin said.

Gda Foley told the judge that the accused had said "part of the reason she did this" was because her house was being repossessed and she was moving into a new address.

The accused, who worked as a cleaner, was of very limited means and had three children aged 10, nine and six.

Mr Griffin said the accused's children certainly tied her to the UK and it was unlikely that she would go further beyond there.

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