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Friends face trial accused of having over €13k of cocaine

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Carley O’Connor (left) and Gemma Reilly leaving court

Carley O’Connor (left) and Gemma Reilly leaving court

Damien Eagers / INM

Carley O’Connor (left) and Gemma Reilly leaving court

Two friends are facing trial accused of having more than €13,000 worth of cocaine in the west of the city.

Carley O'Connor (30) and Gemma Reilly (26) had their cases adjourned for the prep- aration of books of evidence when they appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Ms O'Connor, of Landen Road, Ballyfermot, and Ms Reilly, of Briarfield Grove, Kilbarrack, are both charged with possession of more than €13,000 worth of cocaine, with intent to sell or supply.

The are also charged with related counts of simple poss- ession and sale or supply of the drug.

The offences are all alleged to have happened at the Outer Ring Road, Clondalkin, on November 24, 2017.

A state solicitor told the court the DPP was directing trial on indictment in both cases and sought an adjournment for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Earnings

The case will be sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming applied for free legal aid for both accused, submitting statements of their financial means to the court.

He said they were both working, but their earnings came in under the threshold to qualify for legal aid.

Judge Murphy asked Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan if she had seen the application.

She replied that she had and there was no garda objection. The judge then granted legal aid.

She extended the time for the preparation of the book of evidence and adjourned the cases to a date next month.

The accused were remanded on continuing bail.

They have not yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges.


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