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Dad paid off his son's drug debts and moved to UK

A BUSINESSMAN paid off his bouncer son's drugs debts and moved his whole family to England for six months while his son underwent rehab, a court heard.

John Hynes Jnr (20) blamed his drug taking on a difficult and overweight childhood, also admitting that he is "easily influenced and easily led".

His lawyer said Hynes Jnr got involved in "something he couldn't handle", but has cleaned up his act.

Dun Laoghaire District Court heard the defendant's father, also John Hynes, moved the whole family to England for six months while his son underwent rehab, and so all links could be severed with his former associates.

Mr Hynes, a successful businessman, also paid off his son's drug debts.

A judge said she would strike out the charges if Hynes Jnr donated €2,000 to the Merchants Quay Drug Project.

Hynes Jnr, of Aqua House, Baldonnell, admitted to possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

Detective Garda David Bunn said he was operating a checkpoint on Lower Kilmacud Road, Dundrum on February 19 last year when Hynes Jnr pulled up in a jeep with three other occupants.

Gda Bunn searched the vehicle, and cocaine, with a street value of €2,090, was found.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe said a very proactive approach had been taken by Hynes Jnr and his family to the charges.

The defendant's father said he was abroad when he discovered his son had been arrested. This was the first indication the family had that Hynes Jnr was involved in drugs, and he returned immediately.

Mr Hynes said his son was very easily influenced and easily led.

Gda Bunn agreed the other occupants in the jeep were older and well-known to gardai.

Mr Hanahoe appealed to the court not to impose a conviction, saying his client was now completely drug free and had never been in trouble before.

Judge Ann Ryan said Hynes Jnr had great family support, and praised them for their proactive approach in dealing with his problems.