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Landlord who grew €7k cannabis in shed ordered to do community service

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Douglas Rowand

Douglas Rowand

Douglas Rowand

A SOUTH Dublin landlord who grew up to €7,000 worth of cannabis plants in his garden shed has been ordered to carry out community service instead of a jail sentence.

Douglas Rowand (40) was caught cultivating the plants on his property in a garda raid.

Officers accepted it was for his own personal use and no evidence of sale or supply of the drug was found in the search.

Judge Michael Walsh ordered Rowand to do 150 hours of community work instead of a two-month sentence.

The judge had refused to leave the defendant without a conviction, saying the case was "too serious". Rowand, with an address at Sydenham Road, Ballsbridge, pleaded guilty to cultivation of cannabis at that address last June 20.

Previously, the court heard gardai found 10 cannabis plants in a shed to the rear of the property. Five of the plants were fully mature and another five were of "medium maturity", a garda witness said.

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The accused attended the scene, was cooperative throughout and made full admissions when detained.

"From speaking to him and assessing the scene, it was obvious that the cannabis was grown for personal use," the prosecuting garda said.

"There was no sign of bagging or weighing and no indication that it was being grown for sale or supply to others."

Judge Walsh said he had "difficulty squaring" the value of the drug with the evidence that it was for personal use.

Defence solicitor Tracey Horan said the valuation placed on the drugs was a "hypothetical value" and they could be worth far less than the estimate.

Rowand had a difficulty with cannabis, had gone for rehabilitation and was "doing well".

The court heard the defendant's family owned houses which they rented out and he acted as landlord. Rowand had never been in trouble before.

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