Wednesday 24 January 2018

Enniscorthy man is denied bail

By David Tucker

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

A County Wexford man accused of trying to smuggle £800,000 worth of cannabis into Northern Ireland will not be granted bail to live in the Republic, a High Court judge has stressed.

Chris Connaughton abandoned his current bid to be released after all possible addresses were ruled out. Mr Justice Weir said: 'He's certainly not going to get bail from me to anywhere in the Republic of Ireland, or further afield.'

Connaughton, aged 36, is one of four men charged with plotting to ship the drugs consignment across the Border in pallets of orange juice.

They were detained last month after the cannabis was discovered in a van in Camlough, south Armagh. He has an address at St Patrick's Place, Enniscorthy.

In court on Monday, counsel for Connaughton stressed that he has no connection with any co-accused. Joel Lindsay said: 'He's the man with the van asked to come up from Wexford and pick up a load.'

Wexford People

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