A DUBLIN man caught with €200 worth of cocaine in his home when gardai searched it had bought the drug for a party, a court heard.
Daryl Fox (31) was given a two-month suspended sentence and fined €300 at Dublin District Court.
Fox, of Beech Park Court, Coolock, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine at that address on May 24, 2013.
The cocaine was found in the course of a search.
Defence solicitor Declan Fahy said Fox was living with his partner and hoped to get work as a driver with a transport company when he gets the required licence.
At the moment, Fox was on Job Seekers Allowance.
Fox had been an occasional user of cocaine and bought it for a party at the time of the offence, Mr Fahy said. He had not used the drug since.
"He appreciates cocaine is serious in and of itself," Mr Fahy said. "He is not taking cocaine any longer and has stayed outside the garda radar."
Judge Patricia McNamara suspended the sentence for a year on the defendant entering a bond. Conditions are that he does not re-offend, particularly drugs offences, and is free of all illicit substances.