Rattigan's €12k drug trial is hit by delays
INMATE: He had mobiles and heroin, court told
THE trial of Brian Rattigan on a drugs charge has been delayed due to difficulties obtaining records from phone companies.
The delay emerged as a court fixed a date for Rattigan's trial, which will take place next October.
The Drimnagh man is facing charges of having mobile phones in prison and possessing €12,500 worth of heroin for sale or supply.
The offences are alleged to have taken place within 24 hours of each other in May 2008. A court heard on Friday that a difficulty had arisen in getting records of at least four phones for the case because of delays by the phone companies involved.
Judge Katherine Delahunt agreed to a mention date of March 14 next to allow for the disclosure of the material.
She remanded Rattigan in custody.
The 30-year-old was present in court for the brief hearing.
Rattigan, with an address at Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, has been charged with possession of heroin for personal use at Hughes Road, Walkinstown, Dublin on May 21, 2008.
He has been further charged that on the same date at the same location he had drugs worth in excess of €12,500 for sale or supply.
Two other charges relate to the possession of phones at Portlaoise prison on the following day.
He will appear again on March 14 and Judge Delahunt said if there were any other problems in the meantime, the lawyers could come back to court for an ex-parte application. A trial date of October 17 was fixed.
Rattigan was first charged with the offences in February 2010, after being arrested at Portlaoise Prison.
Det Garda Shane Curtis told the court that Rattigan, with an address at Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, made no reply when charged.
He has been granted free legal aid in the case.