The Penal System needs to look at some hard facts here; this woman is sent for Trial. If one just looks at her photo, it is obvious she needs help? Is it not time for the funds being gathered from Drug raids by the Gardai be allocated towards proper primary health care services that deal with addiction?

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Woman sent for trial over theft of 42 rounds of shotgun ammo

Victoria Cullen was unemployed and on social welfare

Victoria Cullen was unemployed and on social welfare

December 02 2020 02:30 AM


A woman accused of stealing rounds of shotgun ammunition has been sent for trial.

Victoria Cullen (34) was served with a book of evidence when she appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Glenties Park, Finglas, is charged with possession of 42 rounds of 12-gauge cartridges without a licence and with the theft of the same.

The incident allegedly happened at Deanstown Avenue, Finglas, on August 4, 2018.

Detective Garda Shane Guinan gave details of arresting and charging Ms Cullen.

He said she was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and made no reply after being cautioned.

The court heard the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the circuit court.

Alibi

A state solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

It was noted that the matter should be sent to the ordinary courts.

Judge David McHugh gave Ms Cullen the formal alibi caution.

Defence solicitor John O’Doherty said Ms Cullen was unemployed and on social welfare.

The judge assigned Mr O’Doherty and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

He also ordered that a video copy of an interview gardaí conducted with the accused be furnished to her legal team.

Ms Cullen has not yet indicated how she will plead to the charges.

She was remanded on bail in her own bond of €100 to appear before the circuit court next month.

As part of her bail conditions, Ms Cullen must provide an address to gardaí and furnish them with a mobile phone number.


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