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Duo Accused Of Drugs Offences Are Told They Would Be Bailed If They Each Put Up Sureties Of £5,000

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TWO men accused of drugs offences will be released on bail if they can each raise sureties of £5,000, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

They are Marcin Kobylinksi (26), of Townhead Street, Ballymoney, and Szymon Karpik (26), of Mount Street in Coleraine.

The men, originally from Poland, are both charged with cultivating cannabis in Coleraine; possessing cannabis; having cannabis with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

The charges are in connection with the seizure of over 70 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of over £36,000 at a property in Coleraine in September.

On Monday November 12 they appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court via video link from prison where they have been in custody on remand.

A prosecutor said a previous query had been raised in court as to whether the men had Polish passports.
A police officer said it could take until the end of November until an answer was obtained.
A defence lawyer said neither of the the men had a criminal record either in Poland or in Northern Ireland and they both had a work history in Coleraine.

Ahead of the passport enquiries coming back, District Judge Liam McNally asked the police officer if releasing each man on his own bail of £500 and a surety of £5,000 would allay fears of them not turning up for trial.
The officer said that would allay fears.

Judge McNally ordered the men to hand in any identification documents they may have and said when a £5,000 cash surety was lodged for each they could be released.

If the sums could not be raised, the judge said the men would have to stay in custody until December when the passport answers should be known.

A third accused, also originally from Poland, Patrick Warzichowski (26), of no fixed address, also faces the same four charges.

He was present at Coleraine Court on Monday where he was previously given bail.
Meanwhile, Kobylinski faces further charges of cultivating cannabis; being concerned in the supply of cannabis; possession of cannabis and causing damage to ceilings at walls at a house in Townhead Street in Ballymoney which is listed as his address.

Regarding that case, a prosecutor said the full file has yet to received from police including forensics and bodyworn footage.

The prosecutor said a phone triage was carried out which was being looked at by a “Polish speaking officer”.

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