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Lisa Marie Connolly has been sent forward for trial

Lisa Marie Connolly has been sent forward for trial

Lisa Marie Connolly has been sent forward for trial

A woman has been sent for trial accused of allowing her home to be used for the preparation of cocaine, after gardaí seized €5,000 worth of the drug in a search.

Lisa Marie Connolly (40) had a book of evidence served on her when she appeared in Dublin District Court.

Judge Bryan Smyth sent her forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Ms Connolly, of Courtney Place, Ballybough, is charged with knowingly permitting her premises to be used for the manufacture, preparation or production of a controlled drug. She is also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply.

A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the accused being sent for trial.

Alibi

Judge Smyth gave Ms Connolly notice that she had 14 days to adduce any alibi evidence.

He sent her forward on existing bail terms and granted free legal aid after hearing there had been no change in her financial circumstances.

The judge also ordered the prosecution to furnish the defence with copies of Ms Connolly's garda interview video.

Previously, the court heard the accused was allegedly befriended by younger people who were using the premises to prepare drugs and Ms Connolly "didn't really realise what was going on."

Her solicitor said the accused suffered from a mental health difficulty.

The DPP had consented to the case being heard at district court level but Judge Smyth refused jurisdiction.


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