Published 18/09/2012 | 16:48
A FORMER childcare worker who was forced to hold drugs for a criminal gang after she was threatened due to her ex-partner's criminal activities had her case adjourned at Balbriggan District Court last week.
Kayleigh Whelan of Baron's Hall Park in Balbriggan pleaded guilty to possession of €1,000 of cannabis herb and a cannabis grinder at her home on April 16. Her solicitor, Fiona D'Arcy, told the court that the former childcare worker was threatened at the time by an associate of her expartner. 'She expressed this while being interviewed by gardai,' said Ms. D'Arcy. 'I find this intolerable and parents in the town must find it intolerable that there are people in this parish selling drugs,' remarked Judge Patrick Clyne. Ms. D'Arcy expressed the view that it wasn't the case that Whelan (26) was going out in public and selling the drugs. 'Her ex-partner was involved in criminal activity and criminal gangs threatened her in relation to money owed,' explained Ms D'Arcy. ' They didn't leave her alone until she agreed to hold the drugs for a short period of time to get the debt released,' she added. Judge Clyne said: 'It takes two to tango and your client consented to it.' Whelan, who worked in childcare for a period of four years, lost her job after her ex-partner was involved in a burglary on the childcare premises. Ms. D'Arcy asked Judge Clyne to consider Whelan, who has no previous convictions, for a probation report. 'She is putting herself at the mercy of the court and she is aware of how serious the charge is,' said Ms. D'Arcy. Judge Clyne agreed to adjourn the case until December 6 for a probation report, remanded Whelan on bail and ordered the destruction of the cannabis herb.