Monday 18 December 2017

Berrings dad had €40k of ecstasy in his car

A 49 year old Mid-Cork man has been remanded in custody after he pleaded guilty to possessing over €40,000 worth of ecstasy when his car was stopped and searched by gardai over two years ago.

Mark Bourke with an address at Kilbrafer, Berrings pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to possession of MDMA for sale or supply at Kilmurry North, Berrings on December 5, 2014.

Det Sgt Lar O'Brien told the court that gardai found a package with 5,000 MDMA tablets in the footwell of the front passenger seat after they had stopped Bourke at a checkpoint.

Det Sgt O'Brien said that Bourke was arrested and taken to Gurranebraher Garda Station for questioning but he denied any knowledge of the drugs.

He told gardaí that he had a problem with rats in the car but he provided no material assistance to gardai during the interview as to where the drugs came from or where they were destined for.

Defence counsel, Mahon Corkery BL said his client was a married father-of-three who worked doing odd jobs in the local community and his wife and children were all dependent on him. He applied for a short adjournment and explained he wanted to call a character witness for Bourke but that person would not be available until later this week as they were currently abroad.

Judge Sean Ó Donnabhain said that he had no difficulty adjourning the matter until the witness could be procured. However, he warned that Mr Bourke was facing a long prison sentence.


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