Monday 24 July 2017

Face of accused leaving court after he was charged with €2.8m heroin and cocaine bust

30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts
30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts

Andrew Phelan

Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with a €2.8m heroin and cocaine bust in west Dublin.

Pat Burnell (34) and Joseph Hickey (41) were arrested and brought before Dublin District Court today charged with drug dealing offences.

30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts
30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts

Our pictures show Mr Burnell leaving court shortly after his appearance.

He left with his jacket over his head, before running up a nearby street in a bid to move away from photographers.

The men's arrest followed the seizure of heroin and cocaine from a car that was stopped after leaving a lockup on the Greenhills Road in Tallaght on Wednesday night.

Judge John Coughlan remanded Mr Hickey in custody after he made no bail application.

30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts
30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts

He granted bail to Mr Burnell under strict conditions and adjourned the cases after hearing further charges may be brought against both men.

Mr Hickey, of Ulster Street, Phibsboro and Mr Burnell, a furniture removal man of Kiltalown Road, Tallaght did not address the court during the brief hearing this morning.

They are each charged with possession of both heroin and cocaine with intent to sell or supply at Greenhills Road on October 28.

The accused had both been detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act before being charged.

30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts
30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts

This morning, Garda Stephen Coller said Mr Hickey was charged at 7.25pm and made no reply after caution.

His solicitor Declan Fahey said he was making no bail application on Mr Hickey’s behalf today.

Judge Coughlan remanded Mr Hickey in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

Sgt Brian Cagney said Mr Burnell also made no reply when charged after caution at 7.03pm.

30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts
30/10/2015 Pat Burnell (34) from Kiltalown Road, Tallaght who was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply arrives at the Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins Courts

His solicitor, Tracy Horan made a bail application. Objecting to bail, Sgt Cagney cited the seriousness of the alleged offences, the potential sentence on conviction and the likelihood of further serious charges being brought.

He told Judge Coughlan the amount of drugs alleged was “approximately 2.8 million” worth of cocaine and heroin.

Judge Coughlan said he could not take the likelihood of further charges into account in deciding on bail.

Sgt Cagney also said he believed the accused was a flight risk and could flee the jurisdiction.

“Was he allegedly caught in the act?” Judge Coughlan asked.

“Yes,” Sgt Cagney replied.

Ms Horan said Mr Burnell had no previous convictions and had never been before the courts.

He was living with his wife and two young children and working with his father.

Mr Burnell’s father was “a respectable man” and was in court and prepared to act as surety in the event of bail being granted.

Sgt Cagney said it would allay his fears “somewhat” if strict bail conditions were imposed along with an independent surety in a “substantial amount.”

Judge Coughlan granted bail in Mr Burnell’s own bond of €20,000, with no cash lodgement required.

His father was approved to stand as independent surety in the sum of €10,000.

Conditions of bail are that Mr Burnell signs on weekly at Tallaght Garda Station between 9am and 9pm and continues to live at his home address.

He must also surrender his passport and provide a mobile phone number to gardai at which he can be contacted.

Judge Coughlan remanded Mr Burnell on bail, to appear in court again in a date in December.

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