Customs found 26,000 cigarettes in 62-year-old woman's luggage

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Elizabeth O'Callaghan
Elizabeth O'Callaghan

A 62-YEAR-OLD woman is facing trial after customs officers at Dublin Airport found 26,000 cigarettes in her luggage.

Elizabeth O'Callaghan from Delmege Park, Moyross, Limerick, appeared at Dublin District Court to face charges under the Finance Act for evading excise duty on cigarettes which were seized on January 13 last year.

Her barrister said she intended to plead guilty and Judge John O'Neill was then given an outline of the allegations to decide jurisdiction.

The court heard she was stopped at the green channel at Terminal 1 having arrived from China via Paris.

Her luggage contained 26,000 cigarettes valued at €12,990, the court was told.

She claimed she had bought them for herself and her family.

Judge O'Neill heard that the potential excise lost was €7,800.

Judge O'Neill refused jurisdiction meaning the case will be sent forward to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

He ordered her to appear again in September when she will be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.