Saturday 22 September 2018

Young man caught with €27k of cocaine was a 'sacrificial lamb' to drug dealers, court hears

The case was brought before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
The case was brought before the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Isabel Hayes

A young man who was caught with over €27,000 worth of cocaine in his bedroom was a “sacrificial lamb” to drug dealers, a Dublin court has heard.

Niky Sosso (22) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing cocaine for sale or supply in his home at Parslickstown Drive, Mulhuddart, Dublin, on January 28, 2016.

He will be sentenced on December 19.

Garda Ronan Farrelly told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that gardaí obtained information there were drugs at a home in Mulhuddart. A search warrant was executed on the evening of the day in question and Sosso himself answered the door.

While sniffer dogs searched the house, Sosso immediately told gardaí where they would find drugs in his bedroom, including in an iPhone box, in a bag in his dresser and in a shoebox. A total of 387g of cocaine with a street value of €27,115 was retrieved from the house.

Sosso made immediate admissions on the spot before being interviewed by gardaí where he gave further information. He has no previous convictions.

Gda Farrelly agreed with Michael Bowman SC, defending, that Sosso was “naive” and didn't seem to understand the gravity of his situation at the time.

Sosso told gardaí he was holding the drugs for other people, from whom he took orders. He said he got into it to “make a bit of money”. The court heard Sosso was a student at the time and did not own a car, a house or any other significant assets.

“He has nothing of particular value in the world,” Mr Bowman said, adding Sosso received “very little reward” for his role in the operation.

Counsel contended Sosso was at the “lowest end of the ladder” and was “not an essential cog” in the operation. He told gardaí he was too afraid to reveal who he was working for.

When asked what he thought would happen now he had lost the drugs, he replied, “I don't know. I fear the worst”.

“He was a sacrificial lamb,” Mr Bowman told the court.

He said his client's family moved to Ireland from Congo in 2007 and his parents were hardworking people who had “taken pride in the fact their children had assimilated into the country”.

“They are devastated and humiliated by what has transpired,” Mr Bowman said.

The court heard Sosso is currently in employment and has pledged to provide all the money he currently earns to drug rehabilitation facilities.

Mr Bowman said his client had “done everything within his ability to right this wrong” and he urged Judge Karen O'Connor to consider other sentencing options.

Judge O'Connor ordered a Probation Welfare Services Report and she remanded Sosso on continuing bail until his sentence in December.

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