Tuesday 21 May 2019

Son of TV chef Rachel is bailed on drugs charges

Joshua Allen: The teenager pleaded guilty to three charges. Picture: Cork Courts
Joshua Allen: The teenager pleaded guilty to three charges. Picture: Cork Courts

Ralph Riegel

The teenage son of celebrity TV chef Rachel Allen has been remanded on bail for sentencing on drugs charges involving cannabis and cocaine, some of which were found at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Joshua Allen (19), the eldest son of Rachel and Isaac Allen, appeared before Judge Brian O'Callaghan at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on three charges contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

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

The three charges were brought under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The possession for sale or supply charge involved cannabis.

Allen also faced a charge of possession of cocaine at Ballymaloe Cookery School.

The most serious count involved the charge brought contrary to Section 15(A) of the Misuse of Drugs Act that Joshua Allen, at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, Co Cork, had possession for sale or supply of a controlled drug, namely cannabis, with a value in excess of €13,000.

A conviction under Section 15(A) can, in certain circumstances, involve a sentence of 10 years.

That charge referred to Ballymaloe Cookery School on August 30, 2018.

The final charge included possession of cannabis at Ballinamona, Shanagarry, Co Cork, on September 5, 2018.

He had signed pleas to six charges before the District Court but, because of duplication, this was reduced to three before the Circuit Criminal Court which cover all the matters involved.

The teen, who appeared in court yesterday wearing a dark suit and accompanied by a family member, did not speak beyond confirming his guilty pleas to the three charges.

Defence counsel Siobhan Lankford applied for sentencing to be adjourned.

The court was told the teen lives at the Shanagarry address.

The case was adjourned for sentencing to November 8.

Irish Independent

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