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Monday 25 March 2019

Plumber claims cannabis was for 'anxiety'

A plumber who handed gardai two bags of cannabis when a property was being searched claimed he was using the drug as he suffers from anxiety.

Colin Browne (33) claimed he found cannabis to be therapeutic and used it to help him sleep at night.

The defendant, of Cedar View, Ridgewood in Swords pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of the drugs at his home address on September 29, 2018. The drugs were worth €60, Swords District Court heard.

He has 21 previous convictions including one for Section 15 unlawful possession of drugs for sale or supply dating back to 2011.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the defendant, who has set up his own business as a plumber in recent years, has no dependants and suffers from anxiety.

'He found cannabis therapeutic and helped him sleep at night. He understands it is illegal,' she said, asking Judge Dermot Dempsey to take into account that his previous convictions are historic.

Judge Dempsey imposed a €200 fine and convicted him.

Fingal Independent

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