Thursday 26 April 2018

Student (20) discovered with €19k of cannabis was in a 'stupid mess', court hears

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Aoife Nic Ardghail

A bioscience student who was caught in possession of just under €19,000 has received a three year suspended sentence.

Dayo Awosanya (20) of The Boulevard, Bealing Village, Tyrrelstown, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the cannabis herb at his address on June 12, 2017. He has no previous convictions.

Gda Alan Barry told Diarmuid Collins BL, prosecuting, that Awosanya said he was holding the drugs for a friend and was to be given some money for the job.

Awosanya said he had thought the cannabis was worth about €1,000 and wouldn't have become involved had he known its true value.

The student said he had been spending €50 a week on cannabis for personal use.

Gda Barry agreed with Richard Wixted BL, defending, that his client had been fully co-operative in interview and expressed remorse for getting himself into a “stupid mess”.

Mr Wixted submitted to Judge Nolan that Awosanya had started using cannabis recreationally to deal with a relative's cancer diagnosis around that time.

Counsel said his client had since stopped using cannabis and had broken away from his peer group.

Judge Martin Nolan accepted that Awosanya probably had an obligation to third parties to hold the drug. He took into account Awosanya's previous clean record, his early guilty plea, full co-operation and the fact he had good career prospects.

He suspended the sentence for three years.

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