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Drug charge dismissed over delay

A drugs possession case against convicted murderer Marta Herda was dismissed at Arklow District Court due to an excessive delay in bringing the matter for hearing.

Herda of 22 Pairc na Sáille, Emoclew Road, Arklow - who was present at Arklow courthouse last Wednesday - was charged with unlawful possession of drugs at the same address on August 2, 2013.

Solicitor Tom Honan applied for a dismissal as three years and six months had elapsed since the date of the alleged offence.

He made his application based on a previous High Court decision in the DPP V Arthurs case.

Judge David Kennedy accepted that other matters 'overtook this particular prosecution' and Mr Honan said that the delay was excessive for a summary prosecution. The judge refused the application however and said that all adjournments were agreed on consent.

It was then outlined to the court that the prosecuting garda was not present and instead of adjourning the case once again, Judge Kennedy dismissed it.

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