A DUBLIN man caught with over €2,000 worth of cannabis started buying it in bulk after he was attacked and robbed when he was trying to purchase a small amount, a court heard.
William Lennon (35) started smoking cannabis when he was a teenager and it developed into a €200-a-week habit.
A court heard that he is now clean from drugs but lost a job in a warehouse due to his drug addiction and his fiancee broke off their engagement.
Lennon, of Griffith Drive, Finglas, admitted at Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis resin and having it for sale or supply.
Judge Anthony Halpin ordered Lennon to enter into a peace bond for one year.
Gardai obtained a search warrant and searched a property at Clune Road in Finglas on October 12, 2010. During the course of the search, cannabis with a street value of €2,200 was found, the court heard.
Martin Coen, defending, said Lennon had an addiction to cannabis since he was 14.
Mr Coen said that at one point the defendant was spending €200 a week on the drug.
He said that the week before Lennon was arrested he had gone to Ballymun to purchase cannabis. However, he was attacked, robbed of €150 and a small amount of cannabis resin.
Mr Coen said Lennon was told by other individuals that it would be better, and safer, for him to buy the cannabis in bulk in the future.
The solicitor said the defendant did intend to sell some of the cannabis to his friends.