Friday 20 September 2019

Rachel Allen's son to be sentenced for cannabis, cocaine in November

Drug offences: Joshua Allen had some of the drugs at cooking school. Photo: Cork Courts Limited
Drug offences: Joshua Allen had some of the drugs at cooking school. Photo: Cork Courts Limited

Ralph Riegel

The teenage son of celebrity TV chef Rachel Allen will be sentenced in November on drugs charges involving both cannabis and cocaine, some of which was found at the world-renowned Ballymaloe cookery school.

Joshua Allen (19), the eldest son of Rachel and Isaac Allen, had a legal application withdrawn before Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The application - no details of which were outlined in court - is understood to have involved a variation in his bail conditions.

However, defence counsel Stephen O'Donoghue BL confirmed the application had been withdrawn and the matter could be struck out.

Judge Ó Donnabháin remanded Allen to November 8 on continuing bail. He was not required to be in court for the hearing.

He appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court last May on three charges contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

It followed the seizure by gardaí of €30,000 worth of cannabis and a small quantity of cocaine last year.

The charges involved possession and possession for sale or supply of drugs, namely cannabis and cocaine, at Ballymaloe Cookery School in east Co Cork on August 30, 2018.

The most serious count involved a charge that Joshua Allen had possession for sale of supply of cannabis, at Ballymaloe Cookery School with a value in excess of €13,000.

A conviction can, in certain circumstances, involve a sentence of 10 years.

The defendant is grandson of Darina Allen and great-grandson of Ballymaloe House founder, the late Myrtle Allen.

Irish Independent

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