Wednesday 20 September 2017

Defendant had ecstasy for sale at music festival


A 21-YEAR- OLD Swords man who admitted having E tabs for sale at a music festival in Dundalk had the case against him adjourned for a probation report to be prepared.

William Doyle, whose address was given as 8 Berwick Court, Swords, admitted a charge of having drugs for sale or supply at the Fairways Hotel on October 29 last year. Gardai were carrying out an operation at the hotel and searched Doyle, finding 24 E tablets on him. He admitted having them for sale or supply. His barrister said her client, who had no previous convictions, had never had any dealings with Gardai. She said Doyle works in a mechanical company in Donabate as a junior trainee and lived with his dad. The barrister added that neither his dad nor his boss knew about the incident and the case as Doyle hadn't told them because ' he knows the bollicking he would get'. The barrister said the defendant had previously used drugs recreationally for about a year or so ' because his friends were doing it and he was trying to experiment', but he had now ' learned his lesson in a hard way'. She said: 'He will never again touch an illicit substance'. The barrister said her client had voluntarily undergone drugs screening and had clear results for the court. She said: ' That's how he intends to continue. He's embarrassed and ashamed by his actions'. She said Doyle was ' gravely worried about his employers finding out about this case and what the consequences will be'. Judge Flann Brennan said it was an 'extremely serious' matter and adjourned the case to January 9 for a probation report to be prepared.