Saturday 24 February 2018

Hurler tricked into carrying cocaine worth €8,600 spared criminal record

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Tom Tuite

A Dublin hurler, duped by a "sinister individual" into carrying a package containing more than €8,000 of cocaine, has been spared a custodial sentence and a criminal record.

Mark Maguire (20), of Glendown Avenue, Templeogue, Dublin, pleaded guilty last year to possessing drugs with intent to supply on July 10, 2015.

Sentencing had been adjourned for 12 months after Judge Michael Walsh heard Maguire had been naïve and had no involvement in drug dealing. Dublin District Court had heard gardaí were carrying out an operation and had followed a man in a car. Maguire walked over and received a small package, which he put in his pocket. When gardaí stopped him, the package was found to contain €8,600 of cocaine.

A person "he regarded as a friend" contacted Maguire and asked him to do a favour for him, defence barrister Ronan Kennedy had said earlier.

"The individual prevailed upon him and his suspicions were raised, he thought it could contain a small quantity of drugs but he had no idea of the seriousness of what was involved," Mr Kennedy said.

It was a "stupid mistake" and the accused admitted he was "easily led on", counsel said. There was no evidence found on the accused or at his house that he had been dealing drugs.

The court heard he was a talented and promising player on St Jude's hurling team in Terenure and coached junior players. Judge Walsh left Maguire without a conviction and ordered him to donate €2,000 to the Merchant Quay project.

Irish Independent

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