Limerick drugs trial nearing a conclusion

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE prosecution is expected to close its case on Monday in the trial of a Moyross man accused of possession of heroin worth almost €145,000 on the outskirts of the city eighteen months ago.

THE prosecution is expected to close its case on Monday in the trial of a Moyross man accused of possession of heroin worth almost €145,000 on the outskirts of the city eighteen months ago.

John McCarthy, 41, of Cliona Park Moyross has pleaded not guilty to possession of the heroin on October 15, 2010 at an area known as the Four Walls in the Delmege Estate near Moyross.

It is the prosecution case, that Mr McCarthy was one of three men who were seen entering some ruins where a drugs factory was in operation.

The jury has heard that Mr McCarthy, who was arrested at his home a number of hours later, denied during garda interviews being in the area where the drugs were found.

He insisted he been in a field, known as “the back field” at the time as he keeps horses there.

During one interview he said he did not know why he had been arrested. “I did not have any drugs on me when I was arrested,” he said.

Earlier, forensic scientist Stephen Clifford told the jury he examined a Nokia mobile phone which was found by gardai near where they recovered the drugs.

He said he found three DNA profiles on the phone – 90% of which matched the accused man.

He said in his opinion there was a “one in one thousand million” chance that the DNA belonged to anybody other than the defendant.

During several garda interviews Mr McCarthy denied owning a mobile phonesdespite the fact that seven phones were located during a search of his home.

However, when it was put to him that his DNA was found on a phone recovered near the scene, he told gardai that he had loaned a black Nokia mobile phone to another man who was arrested near where the drugs were found.

The jury of six men and six women were told this evening that the prosecution case will conclude on Monday morning.