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Thursday 29 September 2016

Garda charged with having cocaine and leaking information

Garda Jimell Henry said ‘no reply’ to the eight charges
Garda Jimell Henry said ‘no reply’ to the eight charges

A garda has appeared in court charged with possession of cocaine and seven counts of illegally disclosing information contrary to the Garda Siochana Act.

Gda Jimell Henry (34), of Cairns Hill, Sligo, appeared at Sligo District Court.

Gda Det Insp Jim Delaney told Judge Kevin Kilrane that he put the charges to Gda Henry at Sligo Garda Station at 10.20am yesterday after arresting her at her home in the morning.

He said Gda Henry had said “no reply” to each of the eight charges.

Det Insp Delaney told the judge the DPP had directed that the matter should proceed

on indictment in the circuit court.

Ms Henry faced seven counts of disclosing information obtained during the course of her duties as a member of An Garda Siochana knowing that the disclosure was likely to

have a harmful effect.

The disclosures are alleged to have taken place between January 2014 and January 2015.

Gda Henry was also charged with the unlawful possession of cocaine on January 16, 2015, at Tullymagracken North, Sligo.

Det Insp Delaney said gardai consented to bail if she surrenders her passport, remains in the jurisdiction, does not contact any witnesses in the case and signs on once-weekly at her local garda station.

 He also asked for an independent surety of €10,000 “due to the gravity of the charges”.

Judge Kevin Kilrane released Gda Henry on bail.

He also ordered Gda Henry to sign on at Sligo Garda Station each Friday between 9am and 9pm.

Contact

The judge said Gda Henry should not make contact with witnesses known to her or witnesses she ought to know were involved in the case.

Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern asked for legal aid.

He said his client did have a salary but this had now been reduced to €185 per week.

Judge Kilrane granted the application.

He remanded Gda Henry on bail to appear again at Sligo District Court on May 12.

Gda Henry, dressed in black leggings, brown boots and a blue and white top, left the court with her father.

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