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Saturday 16 December 2017

Chef downed 'Skittles' in drug search

A SOUS chef who says he has worked at some of Dublin's top restaurants obstructed a garda drugs search on a city street by swallowing a handful of "Skittles", a court heard.

Karl Geoghegan (28) was seen throwing something into his mouth after a garda asked to search him following a suspected drugs transaction.

The accused, who said he had worked under chefs including Dylan McGrath, maintained he only threw "Skittle" sweets into his mouth - and spat some out.

Judge Alan Mitchell found him guilty at Dublin District Court and fined him €300.

Geoghegan, a father-of-three with an address at Pembroke Gardens, Ballsbridge had denied obstructing the search at Anglesea Street on March 1 last.

Garda Mark Houlihan said he saw the defendant outside Spar at 10.30am with another man in a suspected transaction. He told Geoghegan not to move or swallow anything but the accused put something in his mouth and swallowed.

He said the accused did not spit anything out and denied grabbing the accused by the throat.

No drugs were found.

Geoghegan said he was handing money to his friend to get a drink in the shop, had the sweets in his hand and threw them into his mouth.

He alleged the garda grabbed him by the throat and squeezed it, saying: "Open your mouth."

He said he did so, saying: "It's only Skittles" and maintained he spat some out.

Geoghegan had had jobs at Dylan McGrath's Rustic Stone restaurant, Roly's Bistro, Patrick Guilbauld's and Fade Street Social, his barrister said.

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