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The trial of a 26 year old Tralee man facing five drugs charges has heard that he went on hunger strike, refusing food and water at Tralee Garda Station where he was being held for questioning.
Tralee Courthouse
Mark O’Sullivan of 23 Caharanne Close Tralee has pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of cannabis, two  counts of possession of cannabis for sale or supply and a final charge of obstructing a garda by throwing cannabis into the fire at 13 Gallowsfield, Tralee on January 10th 2012.

One charge of possession of cannabis and one charge of possession of cannabis for sale or supply relate to drugs found in a blue Renault Laguna parked near 13 Gallowsfield on the same date.

On day two of the trial defence barrister Brian McInerny said his client had no previous convictions.

The court heard evidence from 4 electronically recorded interviews with the defendant at Tralee Garda station on the two days following his arrest.

It also heard from notes taken by Garda Eoin Donovan at 13 Gallowsfield and from notes taken by Garda Patrick Naughten in the Garda car on the way to the Garda station with Mark O’Sullivan.

Following a comment in the car by Mr O’Sullivan saying its all over, Garda Naughten said he asked Mr O’Sullivan if the stuff was his to which he answered; “I’m taking the blame, don’t ask me anymore questions until my solicitor comes.”

In evidence from the recorded interviews, the court heard that Mr O’Sullivan refused food and water and asked to go home as he was dehydrated and hadn’t slept.

He was brought to the hospital and seen by a doctor; both found nothing to be wrong with Mr O’Sullivan.

The court heard that Garda Eoin Donovan said to Mr O’Sullivan during an interview that he was once the most promising footballer in Kerry and if he hadn’t got involved in this he’d be playing with Kerry in September.

Mr O’Sullivan admitted a cannabis addiction

The case continues before Judge Tom O’Donnell.