Carer son admits he sold cannabis from his home
Published 11/02/2014 | 05:42
A 26-YEAR-OLD man who admitted to selling drugs from the same apartment from which he acts as a carer to his father has managed to avoid a conviction from Wexford District Court.
Jamie Whelan of 6 The Maltings, The Faythe, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis resin with a value of €450 and cannabis herb with a value of €50 at his home on March 23 last.
He also admitted to selling the drugs, however he said he only sold cannabis to a small circle of friends.
The court heard that Whelan had no previous drugs convictions and he is a carer for his father, who lost the use of the right side of his body following a car accident.
His solicitor told the court that having left school at 16, Whelan worked a number of jobs before moving to Australia for two years.
When he returned, he found it 'near impossible' to get work and 'with the bills adding up' he turned to selling drugs as a method which 'might help to deal with his and his father's expenses.'
Whelan's solicitor asked Judge Lindsay to accept a donation under the circumstances, as her client was hoping to return to Australia in search of work.
'And otherwise he'd be going to Tramore for the Full Moon Party,' Judge Lindsay remarked.
Taking into consideration that the defendant had no previous convictions, Judge Lindsay agreed to accept a contribution of €500 to the Cornmarket Project in exchange for Whelan avoiding a conviction.