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Saturday 19 October 2019

Man accused of having drugs worth €13,000 is sent for trial

Martin Gilsenan allegedly had cocaine and cannabis
Martin Gilsenan allegedly had cocaine and cannabis

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of having more than €13,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis at his home.

Martin Gilsenan (48) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on multiple drugs charges.

Mr Gilsenan, of Kilwarden Court, Clondalkin, is charged with eight offences there.

It is alleged he was in poss- ession of benzocaine, in conn- ection with the facilitation or instigation of a drug-trafficking offence.

He is also charged with poss- ession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to sell or supply, as well as having both drugs with an aggregate market value of €13,000 or more.

The offences are all alleged to have happened last October 16.

A state solicitor said that a book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused.

Alibi

The DPP was consenting to Mr Gilsenan being returned for trial to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, she said.

Judge David McHugh gave the accused the formal notice that he must provide details of any alibi he intends relying on to the prosecution within 14 days.

He granted free legal aid following an application by defence solicitor Aoife McNicholl.

The judge also ordered the prosecution to furnish the def-ence with copies of the acc-used's garda interview video.

He sent the accused forward to the next sittings of the circuit court, to appear there on a date next month.

Mr Gilsenan, who has not yet entered a plea to the charges, was remanded on bail under existing conditions.

Minor amendments were made to the wording of some of the charges at the State's request.

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