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Man is accused of having fake €50 notes in bedroom

A YOUNG man has appeared in court charged with having €950 in counterfeit cash in a box in his bedroom.

Martin Stokes (21) is alleged to have had the fake €50 notes when his home was searched by gardai.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against him at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Stokes, with an address at Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, is charged with possession of 19 €50 notes which he knew or believed to be counterfeit.

The charge is under Section 35 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act and the accused is alleged to have had the counterfeit notes at his home last January 7.

The charge carries a potential maximum sentence of five years imprisonment as well as a fine.

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Judge McHugh asked for an outline of the allegations.

Sgt Mary Doherty said gardai carried out a search under warrant on the day in question and found a box in the accused's bedroom containing the notes.

The judge accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means it can be heard at district court level instead of being sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher sentencing powers on conviction.

The judge ordered disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence and adjourned the case to a date next month for Mr Stokes to indicate how he intends to plead to the charge.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

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