Man caught hiding cannabis may avoid conviction
A FATHER-of-one who was caught hiding cannabis under the seat of his car after he tried to avoid a garda checkpoint may avoid a conviction if he comes up with a charitable donation.
Piotr Boryslawski (29) of New Have Bay in Balbriggan pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to unlawful possession of cannabis worth €50 at the Harry Reynolds Road in the town on August 9th last year.
Inspector Tony Tighe gave evidence that gardai had set up a checkpoint and Boryslawski, who was driving a Peugeot 206, turned right at the checkpoint.
'He attempted to hide something underneath his seat,' said Insp. Tighe. Following a search of the car, a bag of cannabis was found.
Defence solicitor Eleanor Kelly said the electrical worker is anxious to avoid a conviction as this would affect his work and travel prospects.
Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered that the defendant come up with €300 by the end of the month for the Molly McNally Trust Fund.
'If it is paid then I will strike it out,' said Judge Dempsey.