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Caretaker kept cocaine and cannabis at college

Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 03/07/2010 | 05:00

A SCHOOL caretaker who stored drugs in a safe at work has been jailed for three years.

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Bernard O'Neill (38) apologised in court to the school principal and staff.

Garda John Walsh told Dublin Circuit Criminal court that the he found €1,146 worth of cocaine in O'Neill's BMW after he stopped the car randomly at a checkpoint and noticed the driver was nervous and sweating.

Gardai found €464 of cocaine in O'Neill's bedroom wardrobe and a further €7,400 of cocaine and €1,346 of cannabis along with weighing scales and a spoon in the portable safe at St John's College De La Salle, Ballyfermot, Dublin.

Father-of-two O'Neill, of Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot , pleaded guilty to possessing the drugs on January 16, 2009.

Judge Katherine Delahunt sentenced him to four years, with one suspended in light of his remorse and lack of previous convictions.

Irish Independent

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