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Man who had drug case dropped charged again with possession of ecstasy

Darren Snee
Darren Snee

A BOXING coach who had a drugs case against him dropped by prosecutors after a Court of Appeal ruling has been charged again with possession of ecstasy.

Darren Snee (27) appeared before Blanchardstown District Court accused of unlawful possession of the drug at his home in west Dublin. His case was adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

When it is ready, he will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

 Mr Snee, of Oak Court Close, Palmerstown, is charged with possession of ecstasy with intent to sell or supply.

 He is also facing a related count of possession of the drug.

The offences are alleged to have happened at his home on November 18, 2013.

A state solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment and asked Judge David McHugh to adjourn the case. He put it back to June 22 and remanded the defendant on continuing bail.

The judge also granted free legal aid following an application by Mr Snee’s solicitor and there was no garda objection.

A statement of the accused’s financial means was handed in to court. Judge McHugh said it was a “declaration by Mr Snee for which he is responsible”.

The accused had been charged with the same offences previously, but in 2015 the Court of Appeal issued a judgment which ruled that a range of drugs, including ecstasy, were legal as they were unconstitutionally banned by the Government.

The Director of Public Prosecutions then withdrew the ecstasy possession charges against Mr Snee.

The drugs in question have since been made illegal after the Oireachtas rushed through the necessary emergency legislation.