Saturday 24 March 2018

Four years’ jail time for Corkman convicted in Wexford on cocaine charge

Man was found with €20k of drug

A County Cork man was sentenced to six years in prison, with the final two years suspended, having pleaded guilty to the possession of drugs with a street value of more than €19,000 in Gorey.

Scott Morrissey of 23 Cranford Pines, Ballincollig, Cork, pleaded guilty at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court to having cocaine for sale or supply in his possession at Gorey Garda Station on February 24, 2016.

Prosecuting Garda Patrick Malone told the court that he stopped the defendant in a car on February 24, 2016. Having spoken with the defendant, a search of the vehicle was carried out. The defendant said he had taken the wrong road on the way back to Cork.

The defendant, he said, was arrested and conveyed to Gorey Garda Station where a quantity of cocaine was found in his possession.

Garda Malone said that 286 grams of cocaine with a street value of €19,748 was found in his possession. The defendant, he said, had a number of previous convictions.

Scott Morrissey (28) said in evidence that, if given the chance, he would undertake to live at home. He also said that he could not tell the gardai who the drugs were for. as his family would be under threat.

Defence Counsel John Peart said there is a Probation and Welfare report before the court that he wished the court to take into account. He also said the accused helped gardai as much as he could. On the day he was driving home but took the wrong road and was stopped by gardai.

Judge Cormac Quinn said when the defendant was searched two plastic bags were found in his possession, adding, that it is a very serious offence. He said the aggravating factors included the type of drug, along with the amount of a drug, which he said has played havoc with society. Another aggravating factor in the case was the number of previous offences, the Judge added.

Judge Quinn sentenced the defendant to six years in prison, with the final two years suspended for a period of two years, on the defendant to enter a bond of €200 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour in prison, also be of good behaviour and keep the peace for two years on his release from prison.

He was also ordered to come under the supervision of the Probation and Welfare services for a period of two years and abide by all conditions as indicated by them.