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Former heroin addict Matthew O'Donoghue. Photo: Damien Eagers

Former heroin addict Matthew O'Donoghue. Photo: Damien Eagers

Former heroin addict Matthew O'Donoghue. Photo: Damien Eagers

A FATHER of two began growing cannabis herb for medicinal purposes as his prescribed medicine made him feel unwell, a court heard.

Matthew O'Donoghue (35) was caught with five cannabis plants with a street value of €4,000 after gardai raided his home in west Dublin.

Judge David McHugh imposed an eight-month sentence but suspended it for two years. The defendant, of Parlickstown Court, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to growing genus cannabis without a licence.

Five small cannabis plants were found when gardai searched O'Donoghue's home last August.

ROBBERY

O'Donoghue further admitted to stealing six gardening items from Woodie's in Blanchardstown on October 15, 2013.

The court heard the defendant has 12 previous convictions including serious convictions for robbery and false imprisonment.

Defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly said O'Donoghue has "quite a chequered past" and had become involved in crime at an early age, but had not been in trouble for seven years.

Ms McEvilly said he had previously battled a heroin addiction, but he has been stabilised on methadone for some years.

DEPRESSION

HE ALSO SUFFERS ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.

She said his prescribed medication was not agreeing with him and he began cultivating cannabis because he heard it could be used for medicinal purposes.

She also asked the judge not to send O'Donoghue to jail, saying he wants to be around for his children.

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