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Judge Power granted legal aid following an application advanced by defence solicitor Robert Purcell.

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Former Garda Supt. John Murphy

Former Garda Supt. John Murphy

Former Garda Supt. John Murphy

A retired Garda Superintendent charged over a cannabis seizure in Dublin has been granted free legal aid.

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

John Murphy, (61), pictured here for the first time, was arrested and detained at Irishtown Garda Station under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

Gardai charged him 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.

He has not taken it up yet and remains in custody on remand.

The case resumed before Judge Cephas Power today at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Power granted legal aid following an application advanced by defence solicitor Robert Purcell.

The solicitor had said earlier that his client's request was “based on the seriousness of the charges and his financial circumstances”.

Documentation supporting the application was handed into court and to the GNBCI's Detective Sergeant Brian Hanley ahead of today’s hearing.

Mr Murphy was further remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear again for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions to be obtained.

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Detective Sergeant Hanley has told the court they were in relation to "possible further charges".

At the defendant’s first hearing last month, Detective Sergeant Hanley said several conditions had been agreed upon with the defence.

For his security, Detective Sergeant Hanley did not read out Mr Murphy's address.

He must not contact four people, but they cannot be named for the same reason.

Gardai have seized his passport.

If he takes up bail, he must reside at an address 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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