Sunday 22 September 2019

'I'm an idiot' - says man who sent gardai to fetch coat with drugs in it

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

AN UNINSURED driver who asked gardai to fetch his jacket when he was arrested, forgetting the coat had drugs in it, has described himself as an "idiot".

Lorcan Ross (22) asked gardai to go back to the car and get his jacket, but it had a small amount of cannabis in it and he was charged with possession of drugs as well as driving with no insurance.

Judge David McHugh jailed him for two months after hearing Ross was "not a master criminal".

He was also banned from driving for eight years and fined €100.

Ross, of Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to both offences, which happened at Rowlagh Gardens, also Clondalkin, last May 20.

Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai were on patrol at 9.30pm when they saw a blue Opel Vectra which failed to stop for them.

It mounted a footpath and the accused got out of the driver's seat, along with two other men, who were passengers.

The cannabis was found in the car.

The defendant had three previous convictions for uninsured driving and five for drugs poss- ession.

He was having issues with drink at the time of the incident, said his barrister, Ciaran MacLoughlin.

Ross went "off the rails" after his father was murdered in 2016 and his mother died from cancer.

"He's clearly not a master criminal," Mr MacLoughlin said.

When arrested and in custody, Ross had asked for his jacket. When gardai went and got it, they found the cannabis in it, he said.

"Clearly, there's something missing there," he added.

"He said he's an idiot, those were his exact words."

The car belonged to a friend and they had got into it to get out of the rain.

Ross was in the driver's seat and "for some reason he decided to drive".

He "held his hands up" and accepted there was "no excuse for it".

Ross was already serving another sentence when he appeared in court.

Judge McHugh imposed the sentence, ban and fine on the no insurance charge, and took the other into consideration.


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