Saturday 23 September 2017

Teen faces sentence for dealing crack cocaine

TOM TUITE

AN HONOURS schoolboy will be sentenced in May for crack cocaine dealing after he developed a cannabis addiction problem.

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

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 had 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 had 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 noted today that a positive probation report on the teenager had been furnished to the court and that he had not continued to re-offend. She adjourned sentencing him for him to take part in restorative justice activities directed by his probation officer.

She also sought an updated report in relation to explore what help he needs in relation to his cannabis problem.

The teenager was remanded on continuing bail.

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