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Case latest Gardai granted more time for DPP in case of ex-senior garda charged over €13k cannabis raid

John Murphy, 61, was charged with possessing cannabis worth over €13,000 at his home in a north Dublin suburb


Former Garda Supt. John Murphy

Former Garda Supt. John Murphy

Former Garda Supt. John Murphy

Gardai have been allowed another four weeks to get directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the case of an ex-Garda Superintendent charged over a drug seizure in Dublin.

The Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) recovered cannabis herb during search operations on September 29.

John Murphy, 61, was charged with possessing cannabis worth over €13,000 at his home in a north Dublin suburb.

The offence is contrary to Section 15A of the Misuse of Drugs Act which can carry a 10-year sentence. He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

On October 4, bail was set in his bond of €500, but a €20,000 independent surety must be approved.

However, he has not taken it up yet and appeared via video-link on Thursday at Cloverhill District Court. Last month, the court heard that gardai had submitted the investigation file to the DPP.

However, on Thursday Judge Patricia Cronin heard the directions were not ready.

A State solicitor said further material was expected from gardai, which should be sent in the next two weeks. There was an application to grant the State another four weeks.

Defence solicitor Danica Kinane said there was consent to that.

Mr Murphy spoke briefly to confirm his name and that he could see and hear the court proceedings.

Judge Cronin remanded him in custody with consent to bail to appear again on March 10.

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Detective Sergeant Brian Hanley had told the court earlier that directions from the DPP would be sought about "possible further charges".

On November 5, the court granted the former senior garda legal aid. It followed an application from his solicitor, who said the request was “based on the seriousness of the charges and his financial circumstances”.

Documentation supporting the application was furnished to the court and the GNBCI.

Detective Sergeant Hanley agreed on bail terms with the defence at the first hearing in October.

He did not read out Mr Murphy's address for his security.

Mr Murphy must not contact four people, but they cannot be named either.

Gardai have seized his passport.

If he takes up bail, he must reside at an address he provided, sign on daily at a garda station, and not apply for a duplicate passport.

He has to provide gardai with a contact phone number within 24 hours of release.

Mr Murphy "made no reply after caution" when charged.

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