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Woman with €13k drugs in her home says she regrets it


Alma O’Connor will be sentenced at circuit criminal court

Alma O’Connor will be sentenced at circuit criminal court

Alma O’Connor will be sentenced at circuit criminal court

A Dublin woman has pleaded guilty to a drug-dealing charge after more than €13,000 worth of tranquilliser tablets were found at her home.

Alma O'Connor (51) told gardai "I regret it" when she was charged, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Ann Ryan sent her forward for sentence to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

O'Connor was charged with possession of Alprazolam tablets worth more than €13,000, with intent to sell or supply at her home at Finn Street, Oxmanstown Road, Dublin 7, on December 5, 2018.

She is also charged with related counts of simple possession and sale or supply of the drug at the same time and place. The prosecuting garda said the accused was charged with three offences before the court sitting.

After caution, she replied "I regret it" and the garda said that reply related to all three charges.

He said the DPP directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court, but consented to the case being sent forward on a signed plea of guilty if this should arise.


Andrew Broderick, defending, said there was a signed plea. He had no objections to a technical amendment to the charges.

After the accused signed the plea, Judge Ryan asked her to confirm that it was her signature.

Ms O'Connor, who was wearing a surgical mask, nodded and Mr Broderick said his client had "indicated that that is her signature".

Gardai had no objection to bail, subject to conditions.

Judge Ryan granted bail on condition that the accused continues to reside at her home address and is contactable at all times on a phone number she had already provided to gardai.

Mr Broderick applied for free legal aid, saying his client was not working.

The judge granted this, assigning Michael French as solicitor and to cover one barrister in the circuit court.

Ms O'Connor, dressed in a blue denim jacket and jeans, nodded again after the judge asked her to acknowledge her signature on the bail bond.

She was remanded on bail to appear before the circuit court on October 9.