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Belfast mum faces trial for cocaine dealing

Joanne Cassidy
Joanne Cassidy
Rogers
Emma

By Paul Higgins

This is the Belfast mum set to go on trial on charges of cocaine dealing and concealing criminal property.

Joanne Cassidy (43) is facing three charges arising out of reported £150,000 seizures of the class A drug in west Belfast last October.

She will go on trial alongside her husband James Robert Cassidy (also 43).

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Rogers

The Cassidys, both from Mount Eagles Grove in Dunmurry, appeared at Craigavon Crown Court on Thursday to deny converting and concealing cash, alleged to be the proceeds of crime, on dates between March 2017 and September 2018.

While Joanne Cassidy also denied a further allegation that she had class A cocaine with intent to supply on October 11 last year, that charge was not put to her husband.

He was remanded back into custody to appear again this Wednesday while his wife was freed on continuing bail with a potential trial date next February.

Alongside them in the dock was 41-year-old John Darragh, from Moor Park Mews, also in Belfast.

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He denied a charge of having cocaine with intent to supply in October last year.

Darragh was also remanded into custody and will appear again alongside Robert Cassidy this Wednesday.

Another co-accused, 34-year-old Emma Rooney, from Moor Park Mews, also Belfast, denied a single charge of having cocaine with intent to supply and she was also bailed until Wednesday.

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Emma

Charges alleging possession of cocaine with intent, concerning and possessing criminal property were not put to 45-year-old Lisburn man Peter Rogers.

Rogers, from Badgers Lane, was freed on bail until Thursday and defence counsel undertook to lodge skeleton arguments with the court ahead of submissions.

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