Former garda sent forward for trial on stolen cannabis charge

A former garda has been sent forward for trial charged with stealing cannabis from a garda station and perverting the course of justice.

Stephen Cooper of The Green, Kingswood Heights, Tallaght is charged with making false statements implicating another in the theft of a vehicle and, as a result, perverting the course of justice between August 19, 2010 and October 21, 2011.

The 28-year-old is also charged with deception of Axa Insurance, in that he made a false insurance claim arising out of an incident on September 15, 2010.

Finally he is also charged with stealing a bag of cannabis herb worth €560 from Sundrive Garda Station on May 27, 2010 and possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Ormond Quay on January 31, 2011.

The trial, which is expected to last up to five weeks, is listed to begin on January 13, 2014, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

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