Saturday 17 March 2018

Dutch man to stand trial on €1.5m heroin import charge

Tom Tuite

A DUTCH national has been returned for trial accused of importing €1.5m worth of heroin into Ireland.

Harm Kort, aged 63, who had travelled to Ireland on a passenger ferry had been arrested after a sniffer dog at Rosslare Harbour, in Co Wexford, alerted customs officers.

Kort, a Dutch national who has an address at Lanaken, Belgium, is charged with importation of 10kg of heroin at Rosslare Europort on August 2. He is also charged with possession of the drug with intent to sell or supply.

He had been refused bail last month following Garda objections to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the alleged offence and the prosecution's belief that he would not return to Ireland for the case.

The 63-year-old, who had worked in the leather industry in the Netherlands, appeared again today before Judge Grainne Malone at Cloverhill District Court.

After he was served with a book of evidence, the judge then made an order sending him forward for trial at Wexford Circuit Court.

The accused, who has not yet entered a plea, was further remanded in custody and will face his next hearing at the Circuit Court on October 8 next.

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