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Cyclist accused of fleeing from gardai with €1,500 drugs

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A DUBLIN man is facing trial accused of having heroin worth more than €1,500 on him as he cycled past gardai in the west of the city.

Stephen Skeen (38) is alleged to have fled from gardai before being caught when he stuck his head up from behind a shrub while hiding.

Judge Michael Walsh ruled that the case was too serious to be heard at Dublin District Court.

The case against him was adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Skeen, with an address at Cherryorchard Crescent, Ballyfermot, is charged with drugs offences arising from an incident in May 2014.

 A garda sergeant said the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with at district court level subject to a judge considering jurisdiction.

 Judge Walsh asked for an outline of the allegations against Mr Skeen.

The sergeant said it was the prosecution’s case that officers were on duty in the Blackditch Road/Claddagh Road area of Ballyfermot on the date in question.

They saw a cyclist coming towards them and signalled to him to stop, the sergeant said. It was alleged that the cyclist was Stephen Skeen.

The gardai continued on foot after him but lost sight of the cyclist as they called out to him to stop, the court was told.

When they went to search the area, they saw the accused lift his head from behind a shrub, the sergeant continued. He was searched and it was alleged that heroin with a street value of €1,590 was discovered on his person.

He was arrested and charged with possession of the drug with intent to sell or supply. Mr Skeen was also charged with a related count of simple possession of heroin.

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to a date in November. When the book of evidence is ready, the accused will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge granted free legal aid after hearing Mr Skeen was not working.