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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Man allegedly caught with €4k of heroin in car park of church

William Doyle is yet to enter a plea to the charges
William Doyle is yet to enter a plea to the charges

A man was caught with an estimated €4,000 worth of heroin in a church car park when he was searched by gardai, it has been alleged.

William Doyle (31) had the case against him adjourned when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on a drug-dealing charge.

Mr Doyle, of Hennessy's Road, Waterford, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply.

He is also charged with having cocaine.

The offences are alleged to have happened at the car park of Knockmitten Church in west Dublin on December 12, 2016.

The DPP consented to the case being dealt with summarily at district court level subject to a judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

Powder

Outlining the prosecution's case, Sgt Geraldine McManigan said it was alleged that 28g of a brown powder was found in the course of a search.

On analysis, this was found to be heroin with a value of around €4,000, she added.

A smaller quantity of white powder was also found and this was cocaine, the court heard.

Judge David McHugh said it was "a borderline matter", but he accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case in the district court, where the penalties on conviction are less severe than in the circuit court.

Mr Doyle's lawyer made an application for free legal aid, saying the accused was in rec-eipt of social welfare.

Sgt McManigan said there was no objection to legal aid subject to a statement of the accused's financial means being filed with the court.

Judge McHugh granted legal aid and adjourned the case to a date next month.

The accused was not required to address the court and has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

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