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Dad charged with growing €78k of drugs

A FATHER-of-two has appeared in court accused of growing €78,000 worth of cannabis.

Paul Mulvaney (61) was granted bail after he was charged with cultivation and possession of the drug for sale or supply.

The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Mulvaney, of The Dales, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, is charged with cultivation of cannabis and possession of more than €13,000 worth of the drug with intent to sell or supply.

The offences are alleged to have occurred at the Centrepoint Business Park, Rosemount Industrial Estate, Dublin 15, last April.

The prosecuting detective garda told the court he met the defendant by appointment and he made no reply when charged. All the charges related to "the same matter" and the DPP had directed trial on indictment.

However, the accused could be sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on a "signed plea" if that arose.

Judge Patricia McNamara asked what quantity of drugs was alleged to have been involved, for the purposes of considering bail.

COOPERATIVE

The garda said it was €78,000 worth, and this related to the amount of cannabis alleged to have been cultivated.

He said the accused had been living at his home address for a long time and had "no reason to leave the jurisdiction".

Mr Mulvaney had been "totally cooperative" with gardai, and they were not seeking an independent surety as part of bail.

The defendant was married with two grown-up children and currently had no income.

He had been on disability allowance for a back problem, but his eligibility for this allowance had expired.

He had a shared property with his wife, but there was a substantial mortgage on it and his wife, who was the only one working, was paying it.

Judge McNamara said she could not ignore the seriousness of the charges. She set bail in Mr Mulvaney's own bond of €1,000, with no cash lodgement required, but with an independent surety of €5,000.

Conditions are that he lives at his home address and signs on weekly at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

The defendant did not have the surety and would have to go into custody. Addressing the judge, the defendant said he had €500 cash in court. He was remanded in custody.

aphelan@herald.ie


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