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Student was holding €300 drugs for pals

THIS is the young arts student who was caught with over €300 worth of cannabis herb when gardai searched his car during a routine traffic stop.

James Edmondson (23) was holding the drug to share between himself and his friends.

A court heard that Edmondson's parents had no idea he was involved in drugs. They were very upset by his behaviour and had kept a close watch on him since this incident.

He is now drug-free and has been subjected to random drug tests with his GP.


Judge Ann Ryan ordered Edmondson to complete the restorative justice programme and said she will strike out the matter if the programme is completed.

Edmondson, of Hampton Crescent, St Helen's Wood, Booterstown Avenue, in Booterstown, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

The incident took place at Mount Anvil Road in Goatstown shortly before 11.30pm on January 9 last year. Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said gardai stopped Edmondson in a 2000-registered vehicle during a routine traffic stop.

Sgt McCann said gardai smelt of cannabis from the car, and when the vehicle was searched, cannabis herb with a street value of €350 was found.

The court heard Edmondson has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Michael Hanahoe said Edmondson, a third-year visual arts student, is now drug-free and has attended his GP and a student counselling service.

Mr Hanahoe said the defendant is a keen footballer, works part-time in a restaurant and also volunteers with a homeless charity in Dublin city centre.

Giving a character reference to the court, the defendant's former head master, Arthur Godsil, of St Andrew's College, in Booterstown, said he was "most disappointed" with Edmondson, but the behaviour was "very much out of character".


Mr Godsil said he did not condone the defendant's activities, adding that Edmondson had been an excellent student who contributed to every part of school life.

The defendant's father told the court he had no idea his son was involved in drugs, but he said he was totally satisfied he is now drug free.

Edmondson, who hopes to work in advertising when he finishes his degree, apologised for his behaviour.

Judge Ryan ordered him to complete the restorative justice programme and adjourned the matter to a date in May.