Thursday 18 December 2014

Young doctor ran from gardai after drugs find, court hears

Andrew Phelan

Published 15/08/2014 | 07:16

Thursday 14 August 2014. Thomas Drew, Mather Road North, Mt. Merrion. Possession and obstruction.
Thomas Drew

A YOUNG doctor caught 
rolling a "joint" by a Dublin canal threw the cannabis into the water when gardai spotted him and tried to run, a court heard.

Thomas Drew (29) was caught and arrested by officers, who found another €50 worth of the drugs on him when searched.

The medic, who works at a city hospital, was charged with possession of drugs and garda obstruction.

Dublin District Court heard he had made a "foolish mistake" in having the cannabis and 
panicked when the gardai 
arrived.

Obstructing

He is now suspended on full pay pending the outcome of the court proceedings.

Judge Cormac Dunne ordered a probation report and adjourned the case against him.

Mr Drew, of Mather Road North, Mount Merrion, pleaded guilty to obstructing a 
garda drugs search at 
Richmond Street South and unlawful possession of cannabis herb at Rathmines Garda Station.

Sgt Zita Woods told the court gardai were on plain-clothes patrol at Portobello Quay at 6.15pm on July 16 last.

The accused was sitting down rolling a "suspect" hand-rolled cigarette. He was approached by the gardai who identified themselves.

Drew discarded the contents of the cigarette into the canal and was informed by the gardai that they were carrying out a search.

He agreed to this but as he was walking back to the patrol car, he ran from the gardai.

He was apprehended and brought to Rathmines Garda Station after a short chase.

At the station €50 worth of cannabis was found on him.

He co-operated and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

The court heard he had no prior convictions.

The facts as outlined were accepted by the accused, who had written a letter of apology, his solicitor Tony Collier said.

The defendant had made a "foolish decision". The accused had run from the gardai because "panic set in", Mr Collier explained.

"Or you could call it an intelligent attempt to escape," Judge Dunne remarked.

Mr Collier handed in a reference on behalf of Drew which "explained his occupation".

The defendant had been suspended on full pay from his job pending the outcome of the case.

Anonymous

He said the defendant's employer had been informed of the proceedings "by way of an anonymous e-mail".

"That is very malicious, isn't it?" Judge Dunne said.

The judge said he wanted to see a probation report before deciding on a penalty.

Mr Collier said Drew's employers would not reinstate him until the case was concluded.

Judge Dunne adjourned the case to a date in September and remanded the defendant on continuing bail.

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