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Drugs dad refused garda instructions to put down phone


Robert O’Rourke showed gardai where drugs were

Robert O’Rourke showed gardai where drugs were

Robert O’Rourke showed gardai where drugs were

A father-of-four who was caught with nearly €700 worth of cannabis at home would not stop making a phone call when told to by gardai after the drugs were found, a court has heard.

Robert O'Rourke (26) had to be restrained when he refused to put down his phone.

When gardai arrived with a warrant, the defendant was at home.

"He was informed the reason we were there and he immediately stated where the drugs were in his house," Garda Aaron Shanahan told Balbriggan District Court.

"He escorted me to the kitchen and pointed out the drugs and said the cannabis, worth €680, was the only drugs in the house."

However, after the drugs were seized, the defendant went into his sitting room and began to make a phone call.

"He refused to stop the call, even when he was directed to," said Gda Shanahan.

The defendant subsequently apologised for his behaviour.


O'Rourke, of Moylaragh Rise, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty to obstruction and failing to comply with garda directions at his home on August 17, 2018.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs.

A charge of possessing the drugs for sale or supply was struck out.

He had no previous convictions to his name.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the defendant was using cannabis as a coping mechanism as one of his children was unwell.

"He is extremely apologetic about his behaviour," said Ms Kealy.

"He has cut down his cannabis use rapidly, and although he is not completely off it, he is working towards it."

Ms Kealy said that two of O'Rourke's uncles work for the emergency services and the defendant was going to undertake a course to work with the ambulance and fire brigades.

"He is going to have to be free of drugs if he wants to do that work," said Ms Kealy.

"He is anxious to avoid a conviction."

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report and urine analysis before finalising the case in April.