Almost £260,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis have been discovered in a rodent-infested home of a partially blind woman in Co Down, the Supreme Court has heard.
elly Ann Melly told police she knew nothing about the drugs and rarely ventures out of the bedroom due to her disability.
The 42-year-old’s application for bail was adjourned pending industrial rehabilitation of the property, which is currently classified as uninhabitable.
Melly, of Ballyferris Walk in Bangor, is charged with possession and concern over the supply of Class A and B drugs following seizures made on May 20 this year.
Prosecutors’ solicitor Kate McKay said police found cocaine with an estimated street value of £196,000 and cannabis worth £62,000 in the house.
Melly, who suffers from severe cataracts, was held in a bedroom while a man charged with the same offenses was arrested on the ground floor of the property.
According to Ms McKay, the house was in a “disgusting” state.
“Police found rodents, food waste, and human and animal feces on the ground; it was basically a health hazard,” she told the court.
During interviews, Melly claimed not to have known drugs had been stored at her home.
“She said she stayed upstairs in her bedroom because of her poor eyesight,” the attorney added.
It has been accepted that because of these vulnerabilities, Melly may not have played an active role in alleged crimes.
But despite signs that housing management and social services will now be involved in conducting a deep clean, concerns have been raised about Melly’s release at this point.
“At the moment the house is still uninhabitable,” said the lawyer.
Tom McCreanor, defending himself, argued the drugs were downstairs while his client remained “isolated” upstairs.
He suggested that Melly could be given bail to contact those assigned to carry out the cleaning operation.
However, Mr Justice McFarland adjourned the application and ruled that if this operation is confirmed she should first be released from custody on a temporary basis.
The judge stated, “Once the house is cleaned and habitable, I consent to her being released on bail to that address.”
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