Friday 24 November 2017

Love/Hate actor in court on drug rap

Love/Hate actor Leroy Harris leaving Dublin District Court today
Love/Hate actor Leroy Harris leaving Dublin District Court today
Love/Hate actor Leroy Harris leaving Dublin District Court earlier today
Leroy Harris

Tom Tuite

A YOUNG actor, who featured in the controversial cat-killing scene in the hit crime series Love/Hate, has appeared in court accused of cannabis dealing.

Leroy Harris (19) has been given three weeks to consider how he will plead after he was charged with unlawful possession of a quantity of cannabis worth €110, and having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply, at Sheriff Street, in north inner city Dublin, on October 14 last.

The young actor had been stopped by gardai near his home and appeared at Dublin District Court today charged with the offences.

Dressed in a red jumper, navy tracksuit bottoms and blue runners, he remained silent during the brief hearing and a plea has not yet been indicated.

Judge Cormac Dunne was told by a court sergeant that the DPP had directed that the case should be dealt with at district court level. The only details given in relation to the allegations were that the case involved drugs “value €110, cannabis herb”.

Judge Dunne accepted jurisdiction and agreed to a request from defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins to adjourn the case to allow time for the prosecution to hand over a summary of its evidence.

There was no objection bail and legal aid was granted after the court heard that the 19-year-old was unemployed. The young man was ordered to appear again in three weeks when he will be expected to enter a plea.

The budding actor, who has an address at from Mariner's Port, Dublin, is set to make more appearances in episodes of RTE's hit. His role in the shocking opening scene of the current series was at the centre of a controversy for its graphic depiction of his on-screen character, Glen, filming his friend Wayne firing shots from an automatic weapon and killing a cat.

Previously Harris earned a nomination for an award from the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) for his role in the RTE series “Prosperity” where he played the role a teenager bullied because he had a stammer.

Following the short hearing today his solicitor Mr O'Higgins gave a statement on his behalf.

The lawyer told reporters that his client – who still has presumption of innocence –, is “very respectful of the court process and court procedures and is anxious to conduct himself in a way that would not jeopardise his future.”

Irish Independent

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