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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Six more weeks for case of coach in €600k drug claims

BAIL: GAA man caught 'red-handed', court told

David Gill
David Gill

THE State has been given more time to prosecute a GAA coach who was allegedly caught "red-handed" with €600,000 worth of cannabis.

David Gill (38), who is facing a drug dealing charge, had his case adjourned after the DPP was given another six weeks to issue directions.

The married father-of-three, who teaches Gaelic football to youngsters in south Dublin, is alleged to have had €600,000 worth of cannabis when he was arrested last August.

SEIZURE

It was also alleged during a legal aid application that he had more than €30,000 in cash hidden in a snooker table.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case until a date in December at Blanchardstown District Court. Mr Gill, of Top of the Hill, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16, is charged with two counts of possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The alleged incidents took place at Dale Road in Stillorgan and on Clonsilla Road in Blanchardstown on August 22.

The charges followed an incident in which gardai stopped a car at Kylemore Road in Ballyfermot, which resulted in the seizure of a kilogram of cannabis herb.

Later at Clonsilla Road, a van was stopped and searched, resulting in the seizure of about 8.5kg of cannabis herb.

In a follow-up search of a lock-up premises on Dale Road in Stillorgan, gardai seized approximately 15kg of the same drug. Bail was set in Mr Gill's own bond of €10,000.

During a subsequent legal aid hearing, the court was told the defendant was unemployed and had a mortgage to pay.

A co-accused, Rafal Chylinski, a Polish national of Millstream Court, Mill Road, Ennis, Co Clare, is facing single counts of possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply at Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot. His case has been adjourned to later this month, also for DPP directions.

aphelan@herald.ie

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