A MAN accused of allowing his industrial unit in Carrigaline to be used to store cannabis offered to give an undertaking to leave the country and not return for at least ten years.
Det. Garda Eoin O’Toole testified at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that he obtained a warrant to search on February 20, 2019, at VD Fashions, Unit 5, Carrigaline industrial estate, Kilnagleary, County Cork.
€10,000 worth of cannabis was recovered following the search.
Donal McCarthy, prosecution barrister, said, “The prosecution is accepting it was not his business but he was allowing his premises to be used for it.”
39-year-old Viktoras Andreijas of New Bungalow, Castleterry, Mitchelstown, County Cork pleaded guilty to the crime.
Andreijas admitted allowing his premises at VD Fashions, Unit 5, Carrigaline industrial estate, Kilnagleary, County Cork, for the purpose.
Detective Garda Eoin O’Toole gave evidence of this offence.
Detective Garda Oisín Cotter testified about another set of offences related to handling stolen property.
Det Garda Cotter said the accused had €63,000 worth of stolen property in the back of a truck which was about to be transported out of the country.
It consisted partly of expensive outboard engines, RIBs dinghies and other property stolen from various yacht clubs.
Dermot Sheehan, defence barrister, said the defendant became aware that his life might be in danger from criminals making death threats against him.
“If he were to leave the country it might help everybody,” Mr Sheehan BL said.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said, “I am not going to finalise it on him leaving the country… This was criminal activity of the highest order.”
The judge adjourned sentencing until February 21.