Friday, July 01, 2022

A JUDGE noted that a young defendant who faced multiple drugs charges had a “touch of Richard Branson” about him, but it was “not in the right direction”. The 20-year-old Carlow man pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs for sale or supply and four counts of possession of drugs at Carlow District Court last week.

Insp Alan Kissane outlined that on 8 April 2021 last, a search warrant was executed and cocaine and cannabis with ziplock bags and scales were found at the defendant’s home address.

“During a garda interview, he took responsibility for the items. He said he planned to share it with friends,” said Insp Kissane.

The value of cocaine was €520, while the cannabis herb was valued at €160.

Fifteen days after the first detection, gardaí carried out another search at the defendant’s home and found €415 of cannabis resin, €70 of cocaine and €150 of cannabis resin. The defendant had no previous convictions and the case had been adjourned for a probation report.

Defending solicitor Joe Farrell explained that the latter detection had occurred as his client had been trying to pay off a “debt he had accrued”.

Judge Alec Gabbett said: “There is a touch of Richard Branson, but it is not in the right direction. He has the entrepreneurial spirit, but it’s not in the right way.”

Mr Farrell said his client had already received a “good element of domestic justice”.

“Mammys are as good at administering justice, nearly better than myself,” said Judge Gabbett.

Judge Gabbett imposed a four-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, on one of the sale or supply charges. The defendant was also placed into a 24-month probation bond on a drug possession charge.

Judge Gabbett made it a condition of the defendant’s bond to engage with Ardú addiction service.

Full report in this week’s paper

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