Tuesday 24 May 2016

‘Honours’ school student turned to crack dealing, court hears

Tom Tuite

Published 07/01/2013 | 15:56

AN HONOURS schoolboy dropped out of education and got into crack cocaine dealing after he developed a cannabis addiction problem, a court has heard.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty today to possessing crack cocaine worth €500 for the purpose of sale or supply, at the South Circular Road, in Dublin, on a date last February.

Judge Ann Ryan heard at the Dublin Children's Court that the boy “was observed in a suspected drugs transaction”. He was brought to Kevin Street Garda station where he was searched and the drugs were found on him.

The teenager also admitted trespassing at an unoccupied building in south Dublin on another date.

Judge Ryan heard that the boy had no prior criminal convictions. He got seven honours in higher level subjects in the Junior Certificate; soon after that he dropped out of school.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle said the boy, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, has “a long-standing difficulty with cannabis use”. He is now trying to address that problem and has also had to move out of his home address “due to difficulties in that area”.

The barrister also said the teenager wants to be in position to get employment and is looking for help for his problems from the Probation Service.

Judge Ryan adjourned sentencing until a date in March to allow time for a pre-sentence probation report to be prepared.

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