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Saturday 1 October 2016

Woman faces trial after nearly €120k is found in house

Janet Morrissey is going into a rehab centre
Janet Morrissey is going into a rehab centre

A woman was allegedly caught in possession of nearly €120,000 in cash believed to be the proceeds of crime when gardai raided her west Dublin home.

Janet Morrissey (35) was granted bail when she appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

The court heard detectives had no objection to bail because Ms Morrissey was due to enter a rehabilitation centre to receive treatment for an addiction.

A state solicitor said the accused is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court on the charge.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to a date in October.

The accused, of Meile An Ri Drive, Balgaddy, Lucan, is accused of engaging in the possession of property - €117,800 - that was the proceeds of criminal conduct or that she was reckless as to whether the money was the proceeds of crime.

The alleged incident took place at her home in Lucan last April 4.

Arrested

Det Gda Jerome Twomey, from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crimed Unit, said he arrested and charged Ms Morrissey before the court sitting.

Gda Twomey said the accused was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and she made no reply to the charge after caution.

Gda Twomey said he would normally be looking for the court to impose bail conditions, but was not seeking any such order in this case because Ms Morrissey was due to enter a course of rehab.

Defence lawyer Ciaran Mac- Loughlin said it was expected that the accused would be in treatment for three months.

He handed a letter from the rehab centre into the court to confirm this.

Mr MacLoughlin applied for free legal aid after the court heard the accused is not working.

Judge McHugh assigned defence solicitor Michael Staines on legal aid.

Ms Morrissey has not yet indicated how she is pleading to the charge.

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