Man caught hiding cannabis may avoid conviction

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

A FATHER-of-one who was caught hiding cannabis under the seat of his car after he tried to avoid a garda checkpoint may avoid a conviction if he comes up with a charitable donation.

Piotr Boryslawski (29) of New Have Bay in Balbriggan pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to unlawful possession of cannabis worth €50 at the Harry Reynolds Road in the town on August 9th last year.

Inspector Tony Tighe gave evidence that gardai had set up a checkpoint and Boryslawski, who was driving a Peugeot 206, turned right at the checkpoint.

'He attempted to hide something underneath his seat,' said Insp. Tighe. Following a search of the car, a bag of cannabis was found.

Defence solicitor Eleanor Kelly said the electrical worker is anxious to avoid a conviction as this would affect his work and travel prospects.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered that the defendant come up with €300 by the end of the month for the Molly McNally Trust Fund.

'If it is paid then I will strike it out,' said Judge Dempsey.

Fingal Independent

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