a YOUNG chef who was caught with over €1,000 worth of drugs and a weighing scales in his home may escape a conviction if he comes up with a charitable donation and stays clean of drugs.
Judge Dermot Dempsey has given Keith McNamara (22) six months to come up with €500 for charity and to provide drug-free urine analysis if he wants to escape a conviction.
McNamara of Boroimhe Beech in Swords, Co Dublin had pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to being in unlawful possession of €1,100 worth of cannabis herb at his home on May 18, 2013. He further pleaded guilty to the sale and supply of the drug.
Garda David Smith gave evidence that at 10.30am he searched the house and was directed by McNamara to where the drugs were concealed in a front room.
He said McNamara was co-operative and admitted the drugs were his.
Gda Smith agreed with defence barrister Patrick Jackson that McNamara informed him that he was selling the drug to close friends so he could afford his own cannabis.
The full-time chef, who has no previous convictions, hasn't smoked cannabis since.
Judge Dempsey remarked that McNamara 'won't have many friends if that's what he is doing, selling drugs to them. It's a commercial enterprise.'
Judge Dempsey said he would require an updated Probation Report, urine analysis and the charitable contribution and adjourned the case back until September 8.