Wednesday 19 June 2019

Football coach caught red-handed with €500k of cannabis, court told

Rafal Chylinski leaves the Criminal Court of Justice.
Rafal Chylinski leaves the Criminal Court of Justice.
Football coach David Gill

A FOOTBALL player and coach was "caught red-handed" with more than a €500,000 worth of cannabis during a drug seizure in Dublin, a court has heard.

Gardai stopped and searched a car in Ballyfermot on Thursday, which resulted in the seizure of a kilo of cannabis herb.

Three men were arrested.

Afterwards, at Clonsilla Road, a van was stopped and searched, resulting in the seizure of about 8.5 kg of cannabis herb and the arrest of a man in his 30s.

In a follow-up search of a premises on Dale Road in Stillorgan, gardai seized approximately 15kg of cannabis herb.

Two of the men arrested during the operation were brought before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court to face charges.

LOCK-UP

David Gill (38), who teaches Gaelic football to youngsters in south Dublin, is accused of unlawful possession and possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply, at a lock-up at the rear of a premises at Dale Road, and also at Clonsilla Road, where the van was allegedly stopped.

Detective Timothy Casey, from the Garda National Drugs Unit, told Judge Michael Walsh that Mr Gill, a father-of-three, who is from Top Of The Hill, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford, Dublin, replied "I understand" when the charges were put to him.

Det Casey said Mr Gill was "caught red-handed" and objected to bail, citing the value of the drugs seized, which is estimated to be more than €500,000.

However, he agreed with defence counsel Edel Gilligan that he did not have concerns that Mr Gill would fail to turn up to court if he were granted bail.

The court heard that Mr Gill was on social welfare and his mother may be able to stand bail for him but she was not in a position to come to the hearing yesterday because she was upset.

Judge Walsh agreed to set bail in Mr Gill's own bond of €10,000, half of which has to be lodged in cash. He also required an independent surety in the sum of €20,000.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear again next Tuesday.

Rafal Chylinski, a 29-year-old Polish national, with an address at Castlecurrough Vale, Mulhuddart, Dublin, is accused of unlawful possession and possessing cannabis with intent to supply at Kylemore Road. He made no reply when charged.

By Tom Tuite

Irish Independent

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