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Lisa Marie Connolly is alleged to have had €5k of drugs

Lisa Marie Connolly is alleged to have had €5k of drugs

Lisa Marie Connolly is alleged to have had €5k of drugs

A woman accused of allowing her home to be used for the preparation of cocaine by younger people she had befriended "did not realise what was going on", it has been claimed.

Lisa Marie Connolly (40) is alleged to have had €5,000 worth of the drug at her home when gardaí searched it.

She is facing trial after a judge decided the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Ms Connolly, of Courtney Place, Ballybough, is charged with knowingly permitting her premises to be used for the manufacture, preparation or production of a controlled drug.

She is also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply.

The DPP had consented to the case being dealt with in the district court subject to jurisdiction being accepted, a garda sergeant told Dublin District Court.

Mental

Judge Bryan Smyth said he was refusing jurisdiction.

Asking him to reconsider, defence solicitor Evan Moore said it was his client's case that she was befriended by a couple of people aged 19 or 20 who were using the premises to prepare drugs and she "didn't really realise what was going on".

He said the accused suffered from a mental health difficulty and he would have sought a psychological report.

Judge Smyth said he had to decide on jurisdiction based on the alleged facts, including the value of the cocaine.

He said he was taking into consideration the defence submissions, but maintained his refusal of jurisdiction.

He adjourned the case to a date next month for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The accused, who will be sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, was remanded on continuing bail.


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