Monday 19 August 2019

Man bailed in connection to €1m drugs charge to be given back his passport to go on honeymoon

Old Port, Puerto del Carmen
Old Port, Puerto del Carmen
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A MAN on bail charged in connection with a €1 million drugs seizure is to be given back his passport so he can go to the Canary Islands on his honeymoon.

Groom-to-be Gavin Mulvey (34) had his bail conditions relaxed to enable him to take the trip to Lanzarote following his wedding later this month.

He is one of three men who were charged following the discovery of an estimated €1 million worth of cannabis in inner city Dublin.

Mr Mulvey of Kiltalown Road, and Jonathan Carberry (34) from Marfield Green, both in Tallaght and Elliott Kidd (24), of Mabel Street, Dublin 3 had new charges brought against them when they appeared in Dublin District Court.

They were arrested following a joint operation between the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenue’s customs service earlier this year.

They had already been charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply at Bath Lane, Dublin 1 on June 11. The new charges are possession of more than €13,000 worth of the drug with intent to sell or supply

Today, Judge Anthony Halpin was told Mr Mulvey and Mr Kidd made no reply to the new charge after caution.

Mr Carberry replied “no comment” when the new charge was put to him. A State solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment in all three cases.

Judge Halpin extended the time required for the preparation of a book of evidence, and extended free legal aid to cover the new charges.

The defendants were remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on January 11.

A barrister for Mr Mulvey said the accused was going away on November 24 and asked for the passport to be returned temporarily.

He would given it back to the gardai on his return, she said.

“He is getting married in three days and is travelling on his honeymoon,” the defendant’s barrister explained.

Judge Halpin asked where this was and she replied that it was in Lanzarote.

The judge also relaxed bail conditions for Mr Kidd at the request of his solicitor, John Feaheny.

A condition that he signs on at a garda station was reduced from every day to five days per week. A curfew he had been observing was lifted.

None of the defendants have yet indicated how they intend to plead to the charges.

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