A MAN who bought the horse tranquilliser PCP online before a trip to Dingle Races admitted in court that he had intended to administer the illegal drug to a friend's horse.
Michael Kelliher of 4 Avondale Court, Mallow, was charged with possession of the controlled drug at Dingle District Court following his arrest for being drunk on Main Street, Dingle, on August 12 last year.
The court heard that while Mr Kelliher was arrested because he was intoxicated, a later search at the garda station uncovered just over €100 worth of the drug wrapped in plastic in the pocket of his shirt. Superintendent Aileen Magnier said that the amount was 'minuscule' despite its value.
Supt Magnier told the court that the drug used to be available in head shops and is often given to horses, but said it is a controlled, illegal drug.
When asked by Judge James O'Connor why he had the drug in his possession, Mr Kelliher said he had been at Dingle Races and had intended to administer it to a friend's horse.
"It was for a horse. It calms the horse down," he said, "I had intended to give it to a horse that a friend of mine owns."
He added that he had bought the drug on the internet and was not aware it was illegal. Had he known, he said, he would not have had it in his pocket.
Mr Kelliher's solicitor said that her client had been in Dingle Races all day and was fully cooperative with gardai when he was arrested for being drunk. She added that the drug was not for supply and, despite the value placed on it by gardai, he had purchased it for €20.
With no previous convictions for drugs on his record, Mr Kelliher was fined €350 for the offence, while the charge of being drunk in public was taken into consideration.