Man charged with possession of drugs

GARDAÍ yesterday charged a man with possessing a total of €10,000 worth of illegal drugs at different locations in the Togher area of Cork.

Garda Bríd Norris said at Cork district court that she arrested Padraig O’Driscoll, 30, on six different charges.

Garda Norris told Judge Uinsin MacGruairc that O’Driscoll made no reply to any of the charges after he was arrested, charged and cautioned in relation to the case.

The director of public prosecutions has indicated that the case should proceed by indictment.

Inspector Mary King applied for an adjournment of the case until January 19 2009 to prepare documents in the case. There was no garda objection to O’Driscoll being remanded on bail.

He is charged with four counts of simple possession of drugs, namely LSD, ecstasy and two counts in relation to cannabis.

The two more serious counts are of having cannabis resin for the purpose of sale or supply to others. One of those counts relates to his home address of 142 Greenwood Estate, Togher, on April 3. The second relates to Coffey’s Field on the same date.

Donal Daly, solicitor, was appointed to represent O’Driscoll.

While there was no objection to bail the defendant is required to reside at home, sign on twice a week at Togher garda station, be of good behaviour and not use or be in possession of illegal drugs.

Bail was set by Judge Uinsin MacGruairc at €5,000 but no lodgement was required.

Ultimately the case will be sent forward for trial by judge and jury at Cork circuit criminal court.

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