Sunday 25 August 2019

Garda with 15 years' experience admits to cocaine possession

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Tom Tuite

A garda with 15 years’ service was caught with cocaine after he was stopped and searched, a court has heard.

Michael Garrett, 39, appeared in Dublin District Court today, where he was charged with unlawful possession of cocaine at Tritonville Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4 on August 26, 2018.

The case was listed for him to indicate how he would plead.

Garda Inspector Michael McNulty, from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, was present to give evidence.

However, the case did not have to go to a full trial after counsel told Judge Patricia Harney that his client was pleading guilty to the charge.

At district court level, the offence can result in a fine and a prison sentence of no longer than 12 months.

Dressed in a dark suit, Garrett sat at the front of the public gallery as the facts of the case were outlined.

Inspector McNulty told Judge Harney on the date of the offence Garrett had been stopped under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

During a search, a bag containing 1.6 grammes of cocaine was found, Inspector McNulty said, adding that it was worth approximately €100.

He told the court Garrett - with an address at Orchard Lane, Strandhill Road, Sligo - had no prior convictions.

“He has never come to attention in his career dating 15 years in the organisation,” he said.

Garrett remained silent during the hearing and was not required to give evidence.

Judge Harney asked how old the accused was, and heard that he was aged 39.

Counsel said those were the facts of the case and he asked for time for medical reports on Garrett to be prepared, which he said could take some time.

The barrister said Garrett had an appointment later this week with his GP.

He asked for an adjournment for a medical report to be ready and a plea of mitigation at the next hearing.

Noting the guilty plea, Judge Harney granted the application and ordered the accused to appear again on November 4 for sentencing.

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