Wednesday 23 August 2017

Woman caught weighing drugs in bedroom told 'stop smirking'

Shaunie Bergin
Shaunie Bergin

Nicola Donnelly

A judge told off a young woman for "smirking" in his courtroom after being told she was caught with almost €1,400 of cannabis in her bedroom.

Shaunie Bergin (23), of Adare Drive, Coolock, Dublin 5, appeared before Swords District Court.

Judge Dermot Dempsey asked if she was smirking at her friends when her solicitor was telling the court her client wasn't working.

The solicitor told the court her client was nervous about being there.

The court heard Bergin was caught weighing nearly €1,400 of cannabis on a scales in her bedroom.

Raided

The defendant claimed she was influenced by her partner at the time to become involved in drugs, the court heard.

Bergin, who has no previous convictions, made admissions to gardai when they raided her home during a drugs search.

Shaunie Bergin
Shaunie Bergin

She pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis for sale or supply on September 11, 2015, at her home.

She further pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the drug on the same date.

Gda Janice Gray gave evidence that she searched the house at 10.45pm and found the defendant in the "top bedroom weighing cannabis on a scales".

She said the cannabis was worth €1,380.

Gda Gray agreed with defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy that the defendant was monitored for a time after the incident and had not come to garda attention.

"She was being influenced by her then partner," said Ms D'Arcy.

When the solicitor told Judge Dempsey that the defendant does not have a drugs problem and is not working but is hoping to get a job as a receptionist, the defendant turned around and smirked at her friends, who had accompanied her to court.

When Judge Dempsey asked her what was she smirking at, she claimed she was not smirking, to which the judge remarked: "I'll put a smirk on your face."

He warned her she had better change her attitude.

Ms D'Arcy explained that the defendant was nervous about being in court.

Ordering a probation report, the judge adjourned the case until May for the Probation Services to assess Bergin's suitability to complete 240 hours of community service work in lieu of three months in prison.

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