Sunday 22 July 2018

Teenager made donation to charity

A teenager who was caught with €50 worth of cannabis herb after he was searched by gardai has avoided a conviction after he made a charitable donation.

Alex May (19) made a payment of €300 which Judge Dermot Dempsey allocated to Balbriggan Men's Shed after he pleaded guilty to the offence which happened on April 10, 2017 at Hampton Cove.

Sergeant Eoin McDonnell told Balbriggan District Court the defendant was approached by gardai at 10.10pm at Hampton Grove and following a search, gardai located €50 worth of cannabis herb on his person.

He admitted the drug was for his own use.

The defendant, of Skerries Road in Balbriggan, has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the 19-year-old has a charitable contribution and urine analysis to prove he isn't taking any drugs.

'He is taking it seriously,' said Ms D'Arcy.

After the charitable donation was handed over, Judge Dempsey struck the case out, leaving the defendant without a conviction.

'I hope he has learnt his lesson,' remarked Judge Dempsey.

Fingal Independent