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Dad-of-two faces €78k drugs trial

A FATHER of two has been sent for trial accused of growing €78,000 worth of cannabis at an industrial premises in west Dublin.

Paul Mulvaney (61) is charged with cultivation and possession of the drug for sale or supply in connection with a garda raid last year.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

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, under Sections 17 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, are alleged to have happened at the Centrepoint Business Park, Rosemount Indus- trial Estate, on April 24, 2013.

A state solicitor said a book of evidence was ready to be served on the accused.

Judge Patricia McNamara gave him the formal notice that he must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

She sent him for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court tomorrow.

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Defence solicitor Daniel Hanahoe asked the judge to remove a bail term requiring an independent surety of €5,000.

He said the defendant was not working or on social welfare. His wife was working but was not in a position to put up this surety.

Det Gda Anthony Kelly said the prosecution was consenting to this as the accused had complied with his other bail terms.

Judge McNamara changed the requirement to the accused's own bond of €5,000.

At a previous bail hearing, Det Gda Kelly told the court he met the defendant by appointment and he made no reply when charged.

The officer said the alleged value of the drugs was €78,000 and this related to the amount of cannabis cultivated.

He said the accused had been living at his home address for a long time, had "no reason to leave the jurisdiction" and he was satisfied that he would turn up to meet the charges.

Mr Mulvaney had been "totally co-operative" with the gardai.

Conditions of bail are that he lives at his home address and signs on weekly at Blanchardstown garda station.

APHELAN@HERALD.IE


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