Friday, May 20, 2022

THREE men pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply when they were arraigned separately before Waterford Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday last.  

Laurence O’Keeffe, with an address at 25 Newport Terrace, Waterford city, pleaded guilty when arraigned to a count of unlawful possession of a controlled drug for sale or supply. The court heard that on May 26, 2021, he had in his possession a quantity of cocaine for sale or supply. O’Keeffe also pleaded guilty to a count of money laundering, in that he engaged in converting, handling, possessing and/ or using the property for the processes of criminal conduct, with cash to the value of €14,150.  

Speaking on behalf of his client, Conor Roberts BL asked the court to adjourn the question of sentencing until June 15 and to direct the preparation of a probation and welfare report. Mr Roberts said the 39-year-old is in a relationship and has no previous convictions. At the time he had some addiction difficulties. Conor O’Doherty, Barrister for the State, confirmed that there was no objection to bail.  

Judge Eugene O’Kelly remanded O’Keeffe on continuing bail to June 15.  

Meanwhile, Billy Lyons, with an address at Knockhouse, Belle Lake, Dunmore East, Co Waterford, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled drug. The particulars of the offence were that on April 7, 2021, Lyons had in his possession cocaine for the purpose of sale or supply. 

Barrister for the Defence, Mr Roberts said his client who is 27 years old has had significant addiction issues, which he is overcoming and he has returned to employment.  

Judge O’Kelly directed the preparation of a probation and welfare report. He also remanded Lyons on continuing bail until June 15.  

Separately, Richard Halligan of 16 Shandon Court, Upper Yellow Road, Waterford city, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of diamorphine for the purpose of sale or supply on October 7, 2021. According to Mr Roberts BL, the 52-year-old is a sole parent who was struggling with addiction and personal difficulties at the time. He is now back on the right track. With no objection to continuing bail, Judge O’Kelly directed the preparation of a probation and welfare report and also put the matter back to June 15. 

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