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Special needs carer had 'bag of cocaine' to celebrate finishing his course

Eimear Cotter

Published 17/09/2016 | 11:36

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court

A SPECIAL needs assistant (SNA) who had a bag of cocaine and got into a fight with another man was out celebrating the end of his two-year college course.

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Sean Goss (29) begged a judge to leave him without a conviction, as he needs garda clearance to work as an SNA.

Judge David McHugh fined Goss €150, saying he was found with cocaine and there “wasn’t a hope of leaving him without a conviction”.

Goss admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to public drunkenness, threatening and abusive behaviour and possession of €60 worth of cocaine at The Full Shilling, Main Street, in Finglas, on May 9.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol when they came across Goss who was involved in an altercation with another man.

Sgt Callaghan said Goss was clearly intoxicated and was aggressive towards gardai. He also tried to resist arrest.

Officers searched Goss, of Carin Court in Poppintree, and found a small bag of cocaine.

Defence solicitor John O’Doherty said Goss has had a somewhat chequered past and had difficulties during his late teens, following the death of his father.

He said the defendant was “an out-of-control young man” but the birth of his two children transformed his life.

Mr O’Doherty said Goss was a stay-at-home father and cared for his two children while his partner completed her studies.

He said Goss returned to college two years ago and completed a healthcare course. He is now volunteering as an SNA.

The solicitor said Goss “hasn’t really been in trouble for six years”, and he asked the judge to leave him without a conviction as he needs garda clearance in his work.

Mr O’Doherty said Goss has been offered a job as an SNA and was awaiting garda vetting.

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