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Jury to resume deliberations in Limerick drugs trial

Loughill man Patrick Scanlon denies the charges

Loughill man Patrick Scanlon denies the charges

 

A JURY will resume its deliberations this morning in the trial of a former city restaurateur who is accused of importing almost €80,000 worth of cannabis last summer.

Patrick Scanlon, aged 53, who is originally from Loughill and who has an address in Jersey has pleaded not guilty to importing the cannabis on August 8, last.

The jury has been told that the drugs were intercepted at Shannon Airport and that Mr Scanlon was arrested a short time after a “controlled delivery” was carried out in the village of Pallaskenry.

In his closing speech, Michael Collins BL, prosecuting, said the case against Mr Scanlon was “compelling”.

He said Mr Scanlon had told “barefaced lies” while in garda custody and he said he had told “a few more porkeys” in direct evidence during the trial.

Addressing the jury of seven women and five men, Alice Fawsitt SC urged to them to engage with the evidence before reaching a verdict.

She suggested her client was the “fall guy” and was being set up by others.

Ms Fawsitt criticised aspects of the garda investigation and she said she found it “absolutely astounding” that none of the detectives had taken notes in relation to the controlled seizure.

“There wasn’t one note taken,” she said submitting that her client “never had control of the cannabis” as it was in the possession of either customs officers or gardai from the point it arrived at Shannon.

In his charge, Judge Carroll Moran told the jurors to confine their deliberations to the evidence and not to speculate.

He added that it is their job to adjudicate on the credibility of the various witnesses who gave evidence during the trial.

 
 
 

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