Friday 18 January 2019

Woman given bail in €150k heroin case

A DUBLIN woman has appeared in court on a drug dealing charge after gardai allegedly seized heroin worth €150,000 at her home in the west of the city.

Gabrielle Kelly (55) was granted bail when she was arrested and taken before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for the directions of the DPP to be made available.


Ms Kelly, with an address at Kylemore Drive, Ballyfermot, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply at Kylemore Drive on September 3.

She is also charged with a related count of simple possession of the drug at the same place and on the same date.

The charges are under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Gda Fiona Ruddy told the court she arrested the defendant for the purpose of charge yesterday at Clondalkin station.

Ms Kelly was charged in the garda's presence at 11.40pm and made no reply after caution.

She was handed copies of the charge sheets. The garda told Judge McHugh she had no objections to bail subject to conditions.

The judge granted bail in Ms Kelly's own bond of €3,000, with no cash lodgement required.

Conditions are that she resides at her home address, signs on every Wednesday at Ballyfermot garda station, surrenders her passport and provides gardai with a 24-hour contact telephone number.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said his client's passport had already been surrendered and the mobile phone number would be furnished within the required time.

He said the accused consented to these conditions and said the case would "ultimately proceed on indictment".

This means that it will eventually be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


Judge McHugh remanded Ms Kelly on bail to appear at Blanchardstown District Court again on a date next January for the directions of the DPP.

He also granted free legal aid after Mr Fleming submitted a statement of the defendant's financial means.

Ms Kelly was on invalidity benefit, he said.

The defendant, wearing a black and white-patterned top and carrying a grey cardigan, did not address the court during the brief hearing. She took up bail shortly after.

According to gardai, the street value of the drugs seized is around €150,000.


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