Saturday 19 August 2017

Teen helped himself to €50k of drugs after word of a lock-up 'spread like wildfire' in school

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Tom Tuite

A DUBLIN youth, who helped himself to almost €50,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine after word “spread like wildfire” about a lock-up full of drugs and guns, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The find led to the 17-year-old boy getting threats and facing trial on serious drugs charges. He was aged 15 at the time and cannot be named because he is a minor.

Judge John O'Connor noted today that a guilty plea was being entered and he adjourned sentencing to allow for the preparation of a probation report, which will address involving the youth in a restorative justice approach.

The boy was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in March.

Garda Stephen Tierney told the Dublin Children's Court that in 2015, gardai learned that a large quantity drugs and firearms had been kept in a lock-up in the city's north-side.

A number of youths including the defendant found out about it, the court heard.

Judge O'Connor was told gardai later became aware that youths had been approached and threatened.

Gardai became concerned for their safety and when they called to the boy's home they searched his bedroom resulting in cannabis and cocaine being found in two school-bags.

It is alleged the value of the drugs found in the boy''s bedroom, which was mostly cocaine, was €48,155.

The drugs were not broken up into deal bags to be sold on, the court was told. Garda Tierney agreed with the defence that the visit to the boy's home over a concern for his safety. The youth has no prior criminal convictions.

The court has heard a number of youths had been playing football in the area and the lock-up became talked about and it "spread like wildfire" in school. Gardai learned that some youths went to the lock up and "took bits and pieces", the court was told.

The court heard that the teenager, who was accompanied to court by his mother, is now living in a different area and is taking part in a training course. He had been in school at the time and is aware of the seriousness of the charges, counsel said.

Judge O'Connor also said he accepted that it was opportunistic.

When originally charged, he told gardai "I was not selling anything". He is charged with unlawful possession of the drugs, possession with intent to sell or supply.

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