Friday 19 January 2018

'Love/Hate' actor admits drug charge

‘Love/Hate’ actor Leroy Harris arriving at Dublin District Court where he pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, and having it for the purpose of sale or supply.
‘Love/Hate’ actor Leroy Harris arriving at Dublin District Court where he pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, and having it for the purpose of sale or supply.

Andrew Phelan

A 'LOVE/ HATE' actor who starred in the now-notorious cat-killing scene has admitted a drug-dealing charge.

Leroy Harris (19) was caught putting €100 worth of cannabis down his trousers while gardai were carrying out a search near his north Dublin home last month.

He was remanded on continuing bail after a judge ordered a pre-sentence probation report on him at Dublin District Court. He entered the plea yesterday on his second court appearance since his arrest in October.

The actor is familiar to 'Love/ Hate' viewers following the scene in the last series in which his character Glen filmed his friend Wayne shooting a cat with a machine gun.

The accused, with an address at Mariner's Port in the north inner city, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply. He also admitted a related count of simple possession of the drug at Sheriff Street on October 14 last.

A garda sergeant told the court officers were carrying out a search of a premises at 6pm on the day when they saw the accused placing a suspected drugs package down his trousers.

He was arrested and brought to Store Street garda station, where two plastic packages containing a "plant-like material" were found. This proved to be cannabis herb worth €100. Harris had no previous convictions and "very much regretted" the incident, his solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said.

His explanation was that he had the drugs for friends.

Harris was a young man with "great potential for the future". He had attended an acting course which secured him "a minor role in a very prominent drama that was on RTE".

He was currently unemployed but hoped to take up a course shortly to further his acting career, Mr O'Higgins continued.

He was involved in the "pro-social" activity of teaching acting to children on a voluntary basis. His acting would "open a lot of doors" to him if he "manages to keep on the straight and narrow".

The court heard Harris was anxious to be left without a conviction as he wished to travel.

"If the court could see any way to leave him without a conviction he will grasp that opportunity with both hands," Mr O'Higgins said.

Judge Michael Walsh said it was a very serious matter, but he was taking account of the accused's lack of prior convictions. He adjourned the case to a date in January for the preparation of a probation report.

Irish Independent

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