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Drug addict from 'a good family' jailed for dealing

A YOUNG mechanic from a good family who became a drug dealer was caught throwing €6,000 worth of cannabis out of his bedroom window when gardai raided the house

Michael Jinks (24) was jailed for five months, despite an appeal to the judge from his local drugs addiction team not to impose a prison sentence.

Dublin District Court heard Jinks was a man with a "bright future" but had become involved in the drugs trade after becoming addicted.

Jinks pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply, and obstructing a drugs search at his home at South Circular Road on July 20, 2012.

Judge Victor Blake also fined him €350.

Sgt Peter Seery said when gardai raided the house Jinks ran upstairs and locked his bedroom door.

When officers entered, they saw the defendant throw a black bag out the window, which was later found to contain a quantity of cannabis herb.

Two smaller bags of cannabis were also found, along with scales and a smaller bag of white powder.

The court heard the accused made full admissions.

REFERENCE

He had five previous convictions, one of which was for a similar offence in 2010. He had been given a two-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Jinks was one of three children – his older sister was a psychologist working in the UK. His father was a steel fixer who had relocated to the UK because of a lack of work in Ireland.

The accused was the only one left living in the family home with his mother.

Several letters of support and reference were read out to the court, including one from the accused's father, Martin Jinks.

He said the family was "shocked, disappointed and worried" at the situation they found themselves in and at the accused's addiction.

"His behaviour is inexcusable, but I believe he is a person of good moral character and a good heart."

Graham Ryall of the Rialto Community Drug Team said the accused had shown "huge determination to change".

"I request a non-custodial sentence", he said. "The level of work and commitment to the process that we have agreed on, the fact that he is gainfully employed, has huge potential as an individual, has support from his partner and his family, a custodial sentence will put that on the back burner.

"I can see no benefit to Michael if he is imprisoned".

aphelan@herald.ie


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