Tuesday 19 February 2019

Student claimed more than €300 of drugs found under his bed were 'planted'

Willian Voelz was one of 14 people sharing the house
Willian Voelz was one of 14 people sharing the house
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A STUDENT who claimed that more than €300 worth of cannabis and ecstasy found under his bed was “planted” there has been found guilty of possession of drugs.

Willian Voelz (21) was one of 14 Brazilians sharing a house that was raided by gardai when the drugs were found.

He was out at the time and insisted someone else must have put them there, but Judge John Lindsay convicted him and fined him €100.

He was acquitted of a related charge of having the drugs for sale or supply after the judge ruled there was no evidence.

Voelz had denied having the drugs at his address at Summerhill in the north inner city.

Dublin District Court heard gardai searched the three-floor building on June 5 last year.

Eleven tenants were present, but the accused was not.

LOCKER

Gda Cathal Feely searched a second-floor room with four beds. In a locker by Voelz’s bed he found five tablets and cannabis resin. Under the bed were two storage boxes containing more cannabis.

Gda Wayne Carey agreed with barrister Joseph Mulrean, defending, that gardai had been “looking for someone else” and Voelz was not on their radar.

It was “unfortunately not unusual in present day Ireland that quite a number of people would be living in one house”, Mr Mulrean said.

The garda did not accept that someone else in the house could have planted the drugs.

Voelz insisted that when he went out that day there was nothing except his suitcase with souvenirs in it under his bed.

He left no drugs, knew nothing about them and was not a drug user, he said.

The drugs were “planted”, and he did not know who put them there, but someone might have heard the officers knocking and panicked.

Herald

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