Thursday 29 September 2016

Man who threw cannabis over wall after seeing gardai 'came to court with his bag packed'

Eimear Cotter

Published 19/03/2016 | 16:21

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A young man who threw a bag of cannabis over a wall when he saw gardai "came to court with his bag packed" as he knew he was going to jail, his solicitor said.

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Richard Doyle (28) has been smoking cannabis for half his life and has numerous convictions for drug-related matters.

A court heard he had planned on sharing the cannabis with a friend.

Judge David McHugh sentenced Doyle to three months in prison, saying the drug would eventually kill him if he did not stop taking it.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai were on foot patrol when they saw Doyle exit a garden and head towards St Margaret's Road in Finglas.

She said he failed to stop for gardai, and they saw him throwing a clear plastic bag over a wall.

Officers retrieved the bag and found it contained cannabis with a street value of €266.

The court heard Doyle had 10 previous convictions, mostly for drug-related matters. Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said father-of-two Doyle was brought up by his grandparents from when he was 13 and had been smoking cannabis since then.

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Mr Fleming said Doyle would have regarded himself as a recreational user of cannabis and initially "would not have seen it as a difficulty".

He said Doyle had the drug to share with a friend, and added that he had stopped smoking since the incident.

Doyle, of McKee Avenue, Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis and having the drug for sale or supply at St Margaret's Road, Finglas, last October 12.

Mr Fleming said Doyle knew he was going to jail and had come to court "with his bag packed".

Sentencing him to three months, Judge McHugh said Doyle's previous convictions showed a "catalogue of drug abuse".

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