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Man who suffered gunshot at checkpoint freed on bail

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Keith Donovan was stopped at a garda checkpoint. Stock photo

Keith Donovan was stopped at a garda checkpoint. Stock photo

Keith Donovan was stopped at a garda checkpoint. Stock photo

A man who suffered a gunshot injury to his arm at a garda checkpoint has appeared before a special court sitting on drug charges.

Keith Donovan (48), of Monaghtaggart, Donoughmore, Co Cork, appeared before Judge Patricia Harney at a special sitting of Mallow District Court.

He was charged with a total of seven counts relating to alleged incidents on May 21 and 22.

He is charged with possession for sale or supply of cocaine, possession of cocaine, allowing possession of cocaine in a vehicle at Spa Road, Mallow, possession for sale or supply of the sleeping drug Zopiclone, possession of Zopiclone, possession for sale or supply of methadone and possession of methadone.

Inspector Tony Sullivan said gardai had no objection to Mr Donovan being remanded on bail once conditions were met.

The accused, who lives in north Cork but is originally from Gurranabraher in Cork city, agreed to all the stipulated conditions.

Judge Harney noted the bail conditions and remanded him on bail to appear again before Cork District Court on June 23. He was granted free legal aid.

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Meanwhile, Stephen Murphy (36), of Passage West, Cork, appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court on Saturday on two drugs charges.

He was charged with possession of cocaine for sale or supply and possession of cocaine at Mitchelstown Road, Mallow, on May 21. He was remanded on bail to appear again on June 17.

A condition of the bail of both men is that neither has any contact, directly or indirectly, with the other.