Friday 13 December 2019

Man to face trial on charge of €13,000 cocaine possession

John McElroy was bailed to appear again next month
John McElroy was bailed to appear again next month

A Dublin man is facing trial charged with possession of cocaine worth more than €13,000 with intent to supply.

John McElroy (60) appeared before Blanchardstown District court to face the charge, which stemmed from a raid in north-west Dublin.

Judge Paula Murphy remanded him on continuing bail for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr McElroy, of Oakwood Park, Finglas, is charged with the possession of more than €13,000 worth of cocaine with intent to sell or supply.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Ratoath Road, Cabra, last January 25.

The accused had already been charged with simple possession of the drug and having it for sale or supply when he appeared in court on the more serious count.


Gda Marguerite Reilly said in evidence that she further charged the accused before the court sitting and he made no reply after caution.

He was handed a copy of the charge sheet, the garda added.

A state solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment on all charges.

This means the case will be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when a book of evidence is ready.

Judge Murphy extended bail from the existing charges and adjourned the case to next month.

Defence solicitor Wayne Kenny said there was consent to the extension required to prepare the book of evidence.

The accused was not required to address the hearing. He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

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