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Hijack accused was 'on drugs'

A MAN on trial for hijacking a Garda jeep and an emergency vehicle at Cork Airport was under the influence of drugs at the time, a court heard.

Edmond Stapleton (38), of no fixed abode, is on trial before a jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court charged with the unlawful taking of a Garda vehicle, assaulting the Garda driver,and threatening to kill or cause serious harm to the Garda.

A test for the presence of drugs following Mr Stapleton's arrival at Cork University Hospital (CUH) on May 22, 2011, was positive for cannabis, the court heard.