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'Walter Mitty' hid dope under stairs

Published 04/07/2013 | 05:26

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A MAN caught with over €16,000 worth of cannabis has been remanded in custody to 'consider his position' after a judge heard that he told detectives that he had the drugs to bribe gardai to drop speeding summonses against him.

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A MAN caught with over €16,000 worth of cannabis has been remanded in custody to 'consider his position' after a judge heard that he told detectives that he had the drugs to bribe gardai to drop speeding summonses against him.

Kieran Murphy (42) of Ashgrove, Cross of the Groves, Clonlough, Mitchelstown pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court last week to possessing 11 bars of cannabis resin for sale or supply at his home on October 15, 2010.

Det Garda Denise Fitzgerald told the court that gardai found the bars of cannabis resin in a panel under the stairs during a planned search of the house when a garda sniffer dog detected the stash.

Murphy wasn't present when gardai began the searches but he arrived back in the course of the search operation and admitted ownership of the cannabis.

Murphy told officers that he had found them inside a gate in a field and that he had kept them to give to gardai if he was caught speeding, she said.

Det Garda Fitzgerald added that after several interviews he was co-operative with investigators.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain said he was less than impressed with Murphy's flippant approach to matters. "He should appreciate the seriousness of what he's facing and realise that this is not the time to tell me fairy stories," he said.

Judge O Donnabhain said that, in the circumstances, he would give Murphy an opportunity to reflect on his position and what he wanted to tell gardai and the court, and he remanded him in custody to appear again in court for sentence on July 30.

Defence barrister Donal O'Sullivan said Murphy was something of a Walter Mitty character and a fantasist, but failed in his polea for Murphy's freedom."

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