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Sunday 20 April 2014

Judge orders social scheme for schoolboy caught with €1,250 worth of cannabis

A DUBLIN schoolboy caught with €1,250 worth of cannabis has been ordered to take part in a crime diversion programme ahead of his sentence hearing.

The 16-year-old, who is on bail, had admitted of having cannabis for sale or supply at north Dublin suburb, on a September 22 last.

The Dublin Children's Court had heard that “he made no reply” when he was charged. A positive probation report on the boy was furnished to the court today.

Judge Joseph O'Connor ordered the boy to appear again in September for an updated report. In the meantime he must, under supervision of the Probation Service, engage in restorative justice activities.

The court had heard that boy had been “stopped and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act” when, a quantity of cannabis to the value of €1,250 was found in his possession.

The teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing by his mother, has no prior criminal convictions.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle said that at the time the teen had been affected by a family bereavement and he has not come to further garda attention.

 

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