Thursday 14 November 2019

Boy gets probation after €120 worth of cocaine found in bike handlebars

Tom Tuite

A 17-YEAR-OLD Dublin boy, who was caught with €120 worth of cocaine hidden in the handlebars of his bicycle, has been sentenced to 12 months' supervised probation.

The Dublin Children's Court heard that the teenager had been stopped for a search in the city's northside on October 13 last year.

Garda Brian Stones told Judge Ann Ryan that the boy had been on his bike and “in the handlebars I found an off-white substance.” This turned out to be cocaine worth €120 and the boy had also been caught on another date in February with €20 worth of cannabis and more cocaine worth €40.

The teenager, who is taking part in a training course, told Judge Ryan that he still uses cannabis, but the court heard he is getting help for his drug problem. He had admitted possessing the drugs, the court heard.

The boy, who was accompanied to his case by his father, had already been placed on probation earlier this year for drugs offences. Judge Ryan ordered that he was to be under supervised probation for a further 12 months and told him he must address his drug problem and not re-offend. Otherwise, she warned, the case would be brought back to court and “it will be a whole different ball game”.

In May, the teenager had been was placed on supervised probation after he pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to possessing drugs for sale or supply in Ballymun in north Dublin, on dates in January and December.

The boy had been found with four deals of crack cocaine on each occasion – the total value of which was €320. He was also found with €20 worth of cannabis.

The boy also had €600 in cash on him and admitted to gardai that some of the money came from drug dealing, the court had heard in that case.

The boy had previously been spared a criminal conviction after he took part in a crime diversion programme. This came after he admitted in court last year that he made a petrol bomb for a “buzz” during an attack on a 78-year-old woman's home, in Ballymun, in north Dublin, in March 2010, when he was aged 14.

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