Monday 29 December 2014

Dublin man is jailed for having cannabis and heroin worth €43,000

Sonya McLean and Declan Brennan

Published 03/05/2013 | 15:35

A DUBLIN man who was caught with almost €43,000 worth of heroin and cannabis in two different apartments has been jailed for five years.

Robert Redmond (24) told gardaí that he was selling the drugs to make money for himself. He said he paid €6,000 in cash for the nine ounces of heroin which have an estimated street value of €36,970.

Redmond also said that he didn’t owe money for the drugs and had not been under pressure to store them. He said a tick list found at one of the apartments was a list of people who owed him money for drugs.

Redmond of Ferrycarrig Park, Coolock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Burnell Square, Northern Cross, Malahide Road on September 29, 2010. He had initially denied the charges and elected for trial.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a sentence of six and a half years but suspended the last 18 months in light of Redmond’s youth.

The court heard that Redmond was shot in the leg in March 2011. He has 71 previous convictions which include three offences for possession of drugs. The remainder relate to road traffic offences.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said that the full value of all the drugs was €43,074 and this was not at the upper end of the scale. The heroin had been split into nine single ounce deals.

The judge said that Redmond had admitted owning the tick list and was involved with the distribution of the drugs purely for monetary gain. She said it was a way for him to make money at the expense of the misery of others.

Garda Ciaran Cummins told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting that Redmond was in the process of moving home when gardaí searched the first apartment following a tip off. They discovered a small amount of cannabis herb in clear zip lock bags in apartment 218 of Burnell Square in both a bathroom and a kitchen.

A conversation with a woman in the apartment led them to search the second apartment, number 205, where a further quantity of cannabis and €36,976 worth of heroin was found.

Redmond later took full responsibility for the drugs and a tick list that was found with them. His brother Gerard Redmond pleaded guilty to allowing his premises to be used for drug dealing.

Robert Redmond said he had bought the drugs outright, didn’t owe money for them and was not forced into dealing the drugs. He said someone else had bagged the drugs and he was planning to sell them on to make money.

Redmond said the tick list included a number of people who owed him money for the drugs before he again confirmed that he didn’t owe any money to anyone.

Sean Gillane SC, defending said his client had a “background with considerable challenges”. His father received “a significant jail term” when Redmond was 11 and his mother later left Ireland, leaving his older sister to bring him up along with his other siblings.

Mr Gillane said Redmond had worked as a plumber, a carpenter and an electrician in the past.

Counsel handed in a number of testimonials into court including one from his sister and his local boxing and football club which indicated that Redmond assisted in the coaching of younger people at the clubs.

Mr Gillane submitted to the court that the references suggest that his client, a father of two young children, has the capacity to do some good in his local community.

Counsel submitted that without Redmond’s admissions there was no case against him and he was “effectively the author of the charges against him which he is now here to meet”.

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