Friday 20 April 2018

€30,000 found in snooker table of GAA coach

Football coach David Gill
Football coach David Gill

Eimear Cotter

A GAA player on drug charges had over €30k hidden in a snooker table at his home, a court heard.

Detectives claimed that €30,500 was found after they searched David Gill’s home in Leopardstown, south Dublin.

A garda told Cloverhill District Court that the cash was hidden in a snooker table.

Judge Alan Mitchell remanded Gill – who is also a coach at his club, Stars of Erin – in custody with consent to bail to a date in September.

Gill's lawyer Edel Gilligan said the accused expects to take up his bail in the next few days.

Gill, of Top of the Hill, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16 appeared via videolink before Cloverhill court charged with two counts of possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The alleged incidents took place at Dale Road in Stillorgan and on Clonsilla Road in Blanchardstown on August 22.

The offences are under the misuse of drugs act.

When Gill appeared before the court via videolink on Tuesday morning, Ms Gilligan said there was consent to a four week adjournment for DPP's directions on the charge.

Gill, wearing a pale grey tracksuit, spoke only to acknowledge he could hear and understand the court.

Ms Gilligan also applied for free legal aid, saying the accused is a married man with three children.

He is unemployed and his wife is also not working.

The court heard the couple are currently paying a mortgage of more than €1,100 each month.

Gardai requested a detailed statement of accounts from

Gill, alleging that €30,500 was found in a snooker table in his home.

Judge Mitchell further remanded Gill in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €10,000 of which €5,000 must be cash.

An independent surety of €20,000, of which €10,000 must be cash, has also been sought.

Detective Garda Tim Casey previously alleged the value of the cannabis was more than €600,000 and that Gill was caught “red-handed”.

A total of 24kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of €600,000 was found in three searches in Dublin on Thursday afternoon. A car carrying three men was stopped on Kylemore Road in Ballyfermot, resulting in the discovery of 1kg of cannabis.

A van was subsequently stopped and searched on Clonsilla Road, resulting in the seizure of approximately 8.5kg cannabis.

And in a follow-up search of a premises on Dale Road, Stillorgan, gardai recovered some 15kg of the drug.

A second man, Rafal Chylinski (29), with an address in Ennis, was previously charged with drugs offences and bailed to appear before the court in October.

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