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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Friends sent for trial accused of possessing €13k of cocaine

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

Two friends have been sent for trial accused of having more than €13,000 of cocaine in the west of the city.

Carley O'Connor (30) and Gemma Reilly (26) had books of evidence served on them when they appeared at 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 of cocaine, with intent to sell or supply.

They are also charged with related counts of simple possession 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 said books of evidence were ready and had been served on the accused.

The DPP was consenting to their return for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Warning

Judge David McHugh gave each woman the formal warning that they must provide details of any alibis they intend to rely on in their trial to the prosecution within 14 days.

Free legal aid had been granted previously, after the court heard they were both working but their earnings came in under the threshold to qualify.

A lawyer for the accused asked Judge McHugh to extend legal aid to cover a senior counsel as well as a junior given the potential sentences on conviction.

Judge McHugh said that although he would not refuse the application, it should be renewed in the circuit court.

The accused have not yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges, which are under Sections 3, 15 and 15a of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

They were remanded on bail under existing terms, to appear in the circuit court later this month.

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