Monday 18 December 2017

'Love/Hate' star must carry out community service to avoid jail

Love/Hate actor Leroy Harris leaving Dublin District Court yesterday
Love/Hate actor Leroy Harris leaving Dublin District Court yesterday

Tom Tuite

'LOVE/ Hate' actor Leroy Harris "made a mess" of his chance at avoiding a criminal record and must serve community service to avoid six months in jail for supplying cannabis, a court heard.

The 20-year-old, who suffered injuries in a gun attack in May, had been caught with two packets of cannabis, Dublin District Court had earlier been told.

He had pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis worth €100, and having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply, at Sheriff Street, in north inner city Dublin, on October 14.

Judge Michael Walsh yesterday ordered him to perform 150 hours of work, which will be assigned to him by the Probation Service.

Failure to comply with the order will result in a six-month jail term, the judge directed.

Harris answered "yeah" when asked if he understood the consequences of breaching the order.

The first-time offender had originally been ordered by the court to engage with the Probation Services in a restorative justice programme.

If successfully completed, that could have spared him a criminal record and any further punishment.

But last month, Judge Walsh was furnished with a negative report. It said that in his meetings with probation officers, Harris did not show an understanding of the consequences of cannabis use on himself and "in a general societal sense".

Judge Walsh also said last month that the actor had a promising acting career and "now he is jeopardising that career".

"Mr Harris can blame himself for that," the judge said.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins previously said that Harris, who was 19 at the time, had the cannabis for friends.

The budding actor, who has an address at Mariner's Port, Dublin, featured in the latest season of the hit RTE drama 'Love/Hate'.

Irish Independent

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