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Saturday 21 October 2017

Rickshaw driver accused of dealing drugs on streets

Brazilian-born Ms Mazza, who lives in North Circular Road, is charged with possession of both drugs with intent to sell or supply on Harcourt Street (stock photo)
Brazilian-born Ms Mazza, who lives in North Circular Road, is charged with possession of both drugs with intent to sell or supply on Harcourt Street (stock photo)

A female rickshaw driver has been charged with selling drugs while she was working on the streets of Dublin.

Gisele Mazza (35) is alleged to have had cannabis and ecstasy for sale or supply.

Brazilian-born Ms Mazza, who lives in North Circular Road, is charged with possession of both drugs with intent to sell or supply on Harcourt Street.

She is also charged with two related counts of simple possession of the drugs.

The offences, under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, are all alleged to have happened on January 15.

Gda Joe Lowney told Dublin District Court that the defendant made no reply to the charges when they were put to her at Pearse Street Station.

Defence solicitor Brian Doherty made an application for bail on her behalf.

Passport

Gda Lowney did not object to bail being granted subject to conditions.

Judge Michael Walsh granted bail on condition that the defendant resides at her North Circular Road address, surrenders her passport and does not apply for a duplicate.

The judge granted free legal aid after Mr Doherty applied and said the accused had been working as a rickshaw driver.

"Who owns all these rickshaws?" asked Judge Walsh.

Gda Lowney said that three people owned them and hired them out at €50 a night to foreign nationals.

After bail was set, the judge said he would have to remand the defendant in custody until she can take up bail.

He adjourned the case to a date in early March. The proceedings were translated to the accused by an interpreter.

The defendant did not address the court during the hearing and has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges.

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