A Milford resident remanded in custody on drugs charges today asked for a special diet in prison.
Defence solicitor Kieran Fitzpatrick asked that 32-year-old Gerard O’Connor, who is a Muslim, be given halal meat in his meals at Castlerea Prison.
Mr Fitzpatrick, who made no application for bail, also asked that O’Connor be given medical treatment in prison. He did not tell Sligo District District Court why O’Connor should be given medical treatment,
O’Connor, from Bellews Bridge Road, Dundalk, was charged with possessing cannabis resin estimated to be worth €80,000 for sale in a car on Monday on the N4 at Castlebaldwin, Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
He was also charged with possession of €24,000 of cannabis for sale in a follow-up search by gardai on Tuesday at an address he lived in at Aras Ui Domhnaill, Milford, Co. Donegal.
Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded him in custody to appear at Harristown District Court, adjacent to Castlerea Prison, tomorrow.
The judge also made orders for O’Connor to be medically treated and
given a special diet in prison.
O’Connor was arrested at Castlebaldwin on Monday night, along with a woman in her mid-20s, from Devon, England, who shared the Milford address with him.
She was released last night, pending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.