Monday 23 October 2017

Teen boxer sold heroin to undercover garda in sting

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE boxer, who sold heroin to an undercover garda during a sting operation, will be sentenced next month.

Aaron King (aged 18), of St Berach's Place Kilbarrack, in Dublin pleaded guilty yesterday (FRI) at the Children's Court to possessing heroin for sale or supply at Mount Olive Park, in Kilbarrack, on August 2 last. He was a juvenile at the time of the offence but has reached adulthood.

Garda Marie Kennedy told Judge Eugene O'Kelly that the youth “met undercover gardai and sold a deal of diamorphine, which is heroin, worth E20.”

Judge O'Kelly heard that King, who is taking part in a training course, is a member of a boxing club and going to take part in a competition in Limerick in June.

The judge also heard that the teenager had previous convictions for drugs offence and in March at Dublin Circuit Court he received a three-year sentence which was suspended on condition that he does not re-offend for three years.

Defence solicitor Gareth Noble said the teenager had been regularly coming to garda attention. He had been “locked in” in terms of drugs, starting with abusing substances and had to pay debts.

Mr Noble asked the court to note that the youth had not gained financially, has not been in trouble since and hoped to go to college.

Judge O'Kelly said the teen was involved in a offence that is treated seriously by the court. However, he said that he would consider 40 hours community service in lieu of a three-month term. The youth was remanded on continuing bail to appear again next month for a probation report to be obtained.

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