Tuesday 27 September 2016

Man (31) caught with almost €30,000 of cannabis herb is jailed for two and a half years

By Aoife Nic Ardghail

Published 24/07/2015 | 15:35

He has 40 previous convictions for mainly road traffic offences, with the most recent from 2008.
He has 40 previous convictions for mainly road traffic offences, with the most recent from 2008.

A Dublin father-of-two who was caught with almost €30,000 of cannabis herb has been jailed for two and a half years.

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Robert Spratt (31) of Cappagh Road, Finglas pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 1487g of cannabis herb worth €29, 758 at Finglas Garda Station on November 25, 2011.

He has 40 previous convictions for mainly road traffic offences, with the most recent from 2008.

Garda David McKenna told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that he smelled cannabis when he approached Spratt sitting in a Volkswagen Passat at Kilshane Road, Finglas.

Spratt drove off at speed when asked: “Are you not banned from driving, Robert?”

He was arrested a short distance away and admitted during interview that had been given the job of meeting someone while he had the cannabis herb to offset a past drug debt.

Spratt revealed he had been put under pressure to do the job because of a previous €300 weekly drug habit.

The garda agreed with Tara Burns SC, defending, that her client had been co-operative in the investigation and had hung around with “the wrong crowd” in his earlier years.

Ms Burns submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that Spratt, who works for Tile Rite, was now off drugs.

Judge Nolan accepted Spratt had had a difficult upbringing, but said he had to take into account the record of conviction and the serious nature of the charge.

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