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Man accused of growing cannabis is sent for trial

A DUBLIN man has been sent for trial charged with growing cannabis at his home.

Stephen Savage (30) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared at Blanchardstown District Court accused of drugs offences.

Mr Savage, with an address at Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin, is charged with cultivating cannabis without a licence at that address on March 25 last.

He is also accused of possession of the drug with intent to sell or supply at the same place and on the same date.

A further related charge is of simple possession of the drug.

The three counts are under Sections 17, 15 and 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A State Solicitor said the DPP had consented to the accused being returned for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A book of evidence was then served on him.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Savage the formal warning that he must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

He granted free legal aid to cover a solicitor and one junior counsel for the trial.

The judge also ordered disclosure by the prosecution of a copy of the video of the defendant's garda interview.

Mr Savage was remanded on continuing bail.