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Ref jailed over stash of cocaine in his attic

A QUALIFIED referee caught with cocaine in his attic had bought the drug to share among his friends at a celebration, a court heard.

Paul Farrelly (30) was also caught trying to bring cannabis and benzodiazepine tablets into Wheatfield Prison. Judge David McHugh sentenced Farrelly to six months in prison.

Farrelly, of Glebe House, The Lawn in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.



He also admitted to two counts of bringing cannabis and benzodiazepine tablets into Wheatfield Prison.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Virginia Park in Finglas shortly after 5pm on November 7 last year. During the course of the search, gardai found cocaine, valued at €960, in the kitchen and attic.

Garda Kevin Dingley said Farrelly was stopped by prison officers when he tried to enter Wheatfield Prison around 3.30pm on February 2 last.

The garda said Farrelly was found with a small piece of cannabis as well as six benzodiazepine tablets. The court heard Farrelly has three previous convictions, including a drugs-related matter.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Farrelly has completed computer and football courses and has a number of referee certificates.

The court heard the defendant started taking drugs after he was the victim of an assault when he was 21 years old.

Ms Buckley said that Farrelly cares for his own child and his partner's three children from a previous relationship.

In relation to the cocaine, Ms Buckley said Farrelly and a few friends put their money together and bought it for a celebration. Judge McHugh said Farrelly was heavily involved as far as he was concerned. The judge sentenced him to six months in prison.