Ruling on legal aid in drugs case deferred

Tuesday 27 August 2013 17.47
A ruling has been deferred in the case of David Gill
A ruling has been deferred in the case of David Gill

A judge has deferred ruling on whether a GAA coach, who is charged over the possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply, will be entitled to free legal aid.

Dublin District Court heard that €30,500 in cash was found in a snooker table at the home of David Gill, 38, who has been charged over a seizure of cannabis worth about €600,000.

Gardaí stopped a car at Kylemore Road, in Ballyfermot on 22 August and seized 1kg of cannabis herb.

A van was later stopped and searched on the Clonsilla Road and 8.5kg of cannabis herb seized and a man arrested.

In a follow-up search of premises on Dale Road in Stillorgan, gardaí seized approximately 15kg of cannabis herb.

Mr Gill is accused of unlawful possession and possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply, at a lock-up at the rear of a premises at Dale Road, and also at Clonsilla Road where the van was stopped.

Mr Gill, a father-of-three, who is from Top Of The Hill, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford in Dublin, had replied: "I understand" when the charges were put to him last Friday.

The court has already heard that Mr Gill, was "caught red-handed" and Detective Garda Timothy Casey had objected to bail citing the value of the drugs seized.

Last Friday bail had been set in Mr Gill's own bond of €10,000, half of which has to be lodged in cash.

An independent surety was also required in the sum of €20,000, with half of this sum having to be lodged in cash before bail can be taken up.

His passport has been held by gardaí and he cannot apply for new travel documents and has to sign on daily at a garda station and remain living at his current address.

Mr Gill’s barrister Edel Gilligan told the court that he hopes to be able to take up bail in the coming days and she asked the court to grant legal aid, adding that he was unemployed and had a mortgage to pay.

A garda pointed out to the judge that €30,500 had been found at Mr Gill's house in a snooker table last week.

Mr Gill's documents relating to his means had been seized, but the judge asked the State to provide the defence with the material it needs to prepare a statement of Mr Gill's means.

Mr Gill, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, was further remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear again on 24 September next pending directions from the DPP.

Bail had been granted last week to co-accused Rafal Chylinski, a 29-year-old Polish national, with an address at Castlecurrough Vale, Mulhuddart in Dublin.

He is accused of unlawful possession and possessing cannabis with intent to supply at Kylemore Road and is due to appear again in October.