Jury retires to deliberate in Fenit drug trial

The jury has retired in the trial at Tralee Circuit Court of a Polish man who is charged with 17 counts of drug-related offences. Tralee courthouse2 36-year-old Rafal Fiszer, with an address at 20 Academy Street, Navan, Co Meath has pleaded not guilty to all individual counts on dates from September to November 2014. The charges faced by the accused include possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, possession of cannabis worth over €13,000, having false IDs and driving licences as well as the cultivation of the drug at 2A Lighthouse Village, Fenit and Barrow House. Rafal Fiszer denies all charges. Among the evidence, the court heard mature cannabis plants – with a potential market value of over €78,000 – were found downstairs at Barrow House in late 2014. Yesterday, prosecution and defence delivered their closing arguments. In his charge to the jury, Judge Tom O’Donnell said the jury were to consider each of the 17 counts separately. He also said they were to disregard any sympathy they felt for the accused and use critical analysis of the evidence.