Wednesday 21 February 2018

Former police caught with drugs in Dublin spared jail

Veeran Padiachy leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Pic: Court Collins.
Veeran Padiachy leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Pic: Court Collins.

By Declan Brennan

A former Mauritian police officer was caught with drugs in his car after he rang gardai when the vehicle was rear ended.

Veeran Padiachy (36) was arrested when gardai who came to the scene of the car crash and noticed his Irish driving license was forged. The Cork resident received a suspended sentence today at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The car was seized and as gardaí were releasing Padiachy he asked to get some items from the car before leaving. He took a plastic bag and told gardaí there was another bag. When gardaí went to get this bag they realised from the smell that it contained cannabis.

Padiachy of Wellington Road, Cork pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at Townsend Street, Dublin on October 11, 2014. He also admitted possession of a false instrument under the fraud act at Wellington Quay, Dublin on the same date.

Judge Martin Nolan said it would be unjust to jail Padiachy. He suspended a sentence of two and a half years.

Garda Shane Moriarty told the court that Padiachy was involved in a road accident on the city quays when another driver drove into the back of his rented car. Padiachy then rang gardaí and waited around for an hour before they arrived.

When they did arrive Gda Moriarty asked to see Padiachy’s driver's licence and he noticed that the type set was wrong and other details looked suspicious. He immediately thought it was a forgery and cautioned Padiachy.

The Mauritian national told gardaí that he had paid €300 to a man eight years ago for the forged licence and he thought it was ok. He said he had handed over his own licence before getting the forged licence.

Gardaí then discovered the bag containing €1,500 worth of cannabis as well as around 1,000 small plastic bags and a weighing scales. The accused told them he had planned to drive to Cork to drop the drugs to somebody. He said this man was a dangerous person who he was afraid of and did not want to name him.

Marc Thompson BL, defending, said his client had been a member of the police force in Mauritius for a number of years before coming to Ireland on a visa. This visa expired and Padiachy has since been refused asylum.

Counsel said parts of his client’s crime could be described as simple minded. Gda Moriarty agreed that there would be no prosecution today if Padiachy had not waited for gardaí to arrive at the crash.

The court heard that the car he was using to transport the drugs was rented out in his own name.

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