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Thursday 16 August 2018

Court relaxes bail conditions for drugs and gun charge woman

Catherine Byrne (53) has had her bail conditions relaxed. Photo: Collins Courts
Catherine Byrne (53) has had her bail conditions relaxed. Photo: Collins Courts

A judge has agreed to relax bail conditions imposed on a 53-year-old Dublin woman charged with possessing drugs and a semi-automatic shotgun.

Two vehicles were stopped and a shotgun was recovered on May 28 in Dublin. In follow-up searches, around €140,000 of cocaine was seized, as well as €900,000 of heroin.

Catherine Byrne, of Cloverhill Road, Ballyfermot, and Robert Yeates, of St Donagh's Road, Donaghmede, Dublin, were charged with unlawful possession of a semi-automatic shotgun on May 29, at Kennelsfort Road, Palmerstown, Dublin.

Ms Byrne, who was also charged with unlawful possession of cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply, first appeared at Dublin District Court in May.

Garda Darren Coller said she made no reply when she was charged at Ballyfermot Garda Station. Bail, subject to a number of conditions, was granted on June 5 and she was released.

Reduced

She was ordered to lodge €1,000 cash, surrender her passport and sign on daily at Clondalkin Garda Station.

Appearing again yesterday, Judge Paula Murphy noted that directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were not yet available. Gardai sought an eight-week adjournment.

The defence consented but also asked for the signing on condition to be reduced to three days a week at Ballyfermot Garda Station. Gardai did not object.

Judge Murphy agreed to make the amendment to the bail terms and remanded her on continuing bail for the DPP's directions to be obtained.

The woman, who has not yet indicated how she will plead, did not address the court.

Legal aid was granted earlier to Ms Byrne.

Her co-accused, Mr Yeates, had been granted bail on May 31 with an order to agree to sign on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Coolock Garda Station and surrender his passport.

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