Monday 20 November 2017

TV3 'Apprentice' winner faces cocaine and public drunkenness charges

Michelle Massey leaving Dún Laoighaire District Court last month Photo: Mark Condren
Michelle Massey leaving Dún Laoighaire District Court last month Photo: Mark Condren
Michelle Massey leaving Dun Laoighaire District Court. Photo: Mark Condren
Michelle Massey

Eimear Cotter

A former winner of the Irish 'Apprentice' reality TV series has appeared before Dún Laoghaire District Court on drug and public-order charges.

Michelle Massey (34) was allegedly found with a small quantity of cocaine after gardaí brought her to Blackrock Garda Station in May of last year.

Judge Gráinne O'Neill adjourned the matter to a date in February for the attention of Judge Anne Watkin, who previously dealt with the case.

The defendant, with an address at Corrig Hall, Ticknock Hill in Sandyford, appeared before Dún Laoghaire District Court, accused of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The breach of the peace, contrary to the public order act, allegedly took place at Taney Road in Dundrum on May 1, 2015.

She is also charged with possession of cocaine at Blackrock Garda Station on the same date.

Michelle Massey leaving Dun Laoighaire District Court. Photo: Mark Condren
Michelle Massey leaving Dun Laoighaire District Court. Photo: Mark Condren

The case was before the court yesterday for an updated probation report, after Judge Watkin had raised a number of matters from the initial probation report.

Defence solicitor Richard Young told the sitting judge, Judge O'Neill, that Judge Watkin had been dealing with the case and he believed it was appropriate that she should finalise matters. He also told the court that Ms Massey is working.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann consented to an adjournment to a date in February.

He said the prosecuting garda should be in court on the next date, as the defendant "has an issue with something in the probation report and we need the garda in court".

Michelle Massey
Michelle Massey

Judge O'Neill adjourned the matter for five weeks and noted that the prosecution garda is expected to be in court on the next date.

Ms Massey, a former sales consultant from Peterborough in England, won the third series of the Irish version of 'The Apprentice' in 2010. Her prize at the time was a one-year €100,000 contract working for Bill Cullen.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she now works as senior account manager for a US multinational.

Irish Independent

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