Monday 19 February 2018

OAP kept drugs at home out of 'loyalty to family'

Patricia Geraghty admitted two counts of possession
Patricia Geraghty admitted two counts of possession

Andrew Phelan

An elderly woman caught with more than €2,700 worth of cannabis in her home had been "turning a blind eye" to what family members were doing, a court heard.

Patricia Geraghty (73) had the drugs in her living room cupboard out of a sense of "family loyalty" and made no financial gain.

Judge Michael Walsh gave her a one-year suspended sentence at Dublin District Court.

Geraghty admitted two counts of possession of cannabis for sale or supply at her home.

A garda sergeant said officers searched the accused's house at Downpatrick Road, Crumlin, under warrant on November 7, 2013 and again on February 10, 2014.

They found two plastic bags containing 253g of cannabis, worth €1,518.

The accused told gardai that somebody else had dropped the drugs off the day before and was due to come and pick them up.

In the second incident, gardai seized €1,247 worth of cannabis from the living room cupboard.

Geraghty again took responsibility for the drugs.

She had been holding the cannabis at her home and was "essentially the lowest rung", said her solicitor, Matthew Kenny.


"She turned a blind eye to the fact that people in her family were allowing her house to be used for nefarious purposes," Mr Kenny said.

"It was familial loyalty rather than any financial gain."

She had never been in trouble before and a probation report showed she was at a low risk of re-offending.

The accused had lived and worked in Birmingham and now wished to return to her larger family there, Mr Kenny said.

Judge Walsh suspended the sentence for 18 months.

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