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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Teen fined €300 for drug possession

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

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A TEENAGER who started using cannabis after he was diagnosed with OCD has been convicted for being in possession of the drugs.

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Hayden Holloman was warned by a judge to complete voluntary work in order to avoid a conviction but he failed to do the work and was fined €300.

Holloman (19) of George's Hill in Balbriggan pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to being in unlawful possession of €300 worth of cannabis at Clonuske Drive in the town on November 24th, 2013.

Holloman's solicitor handed Judge Dermot Dempsey results of the defendant's urine analysis which Judge Dempsey had previously requested to see if he had remained drug-free.

'He has remained drug-free,' the solicitor said, adding that Holloman started to use cannabis when he was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

'He intends not to come before the court again,' she said.

When Judge Dempsey requested proof that Holloman had completed voluntary work, the defendant's solicitor said it was because he is attending Youth Reach he did not have time to do voluntary work.

'€300 is a substantial amount of drugs and I gave him an opportunity,' said Judge Dempsey, adding that he has made no efforts to seek any work.

He refused to give Holloman further time to either come up with a charitable donation or to complete voluntary work and convicted and fined him €300.

'You have made no effort and you don't appreciate the opportunity I have given you,' he told Holloman.

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