A MAN in his 40s who was arrested by gardaí after he received a minor gunshot wound at a garda checkpoint in Mallow, Co Cork has been charged with drug offences.
Keith Donovan (48) of Monataggart, Donoughmore, Co Cork appeared before a special sitting of a Mallow District Court today.
He was charged with seven drug offences regarding seizures by gardaí of drugs, totalling over €3,000 in value.
Mr Donovan was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine for sale or supply and permitting possession of cocaine in a car over which he had control at Spa Road, Mallow on May 21.
Mr Donovan was also charged with possession of a prescription sleeping tablet, Zopiclone and possession of Zopiclone for sale or supply at Monataggart, Donoughmore, Co Cork on May 22.
He also was also charged with two further offences of possessing the prescription opiate, Methadone and possessing Methadone for sale or supply, also at Monataggart, Donoughmore on May 22.
Det Garda Paul Leahy of the Cork City Divisional Drugs Squad gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution at the special sitting.
He told the court that Mr Donovan made no reply to the charges when they were put to him after caution.
Insp Tony Sullivan said that gardaí had no objection to bail in the case once certain conditions were met.
Det Garda Leahy asked that the defendant reside at his home address and obey a 9pm to 8am curfew.
Gardaí were also seeking that he would sign on three times a week at Gurranabraher Garda Station once Covid-19 restrictions on travel are relaxed or lifted.
Gardaí also asked that the defendant provide gardaí with a mobile phone number. They told him to ensure that the phone was fully charged and in credit so that he was reachable at all times.
Det Garda Leahy said that gardaí were also seeking that Mr Donovan would surrender his passport and undertake not to apply for a new one or any other travel documents.
Gardaí were also seeking he would undertake not to have any contact, directly or indirect with his co-accused, Stephen Murphy from Passage West , Co Cork who was charged with two offences relating to possession of cocaine in Mallow.
Judge Patricia Harney emphasised to Mr Donovan that this last condition meant that if he was to have any contact with Mr Murphy via social media he would go into custody.
Defence solicitor, Diarmuid Kelleher said that Mr Donovan was willing to abide by all conditions set down by the court.
Gardaí sought a month’s adjournment of the case to Mallow District Court on June 23rd for the DPP’s directions.
Judge Harney granted the state application. Free legal aid was granted in the case as the defendant is on disability payment.
On Saturday, Stephen Murphy (35) was charged at Cork District Court with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Mitchelstown Road, Mallow on May 21st.
Gardai did not object to bail for Mr Murphy but among the bail conditions sought by gardaí was that he would have no contact, directly or indirectly, with Mr Donovan.
Judge Colm Roberts granted bail to Mr Murphy, who also agreed to live with his uncle at Ardmore Estate, Passage West and keep a curfew there.
Mr Murphy will appear before Cork District Court again on June 17th.