You are fi­nanc­ing the Dublin gang feud, judge tells man caught with drugs in Glen­dalough

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A JUDGE told a young man that he was feed­ing into a gang war which has claimed seven lives.

‘He’s feed­ing into this feud go­ing on in town,’ said Judge David Kennedy at Bray Dis­trict Court last Thurs­day. ‘ These are il­le­gal drugs con­trolled by gangs, who have ac­cess to guns and few morals. You are fi­nanc­ing that. Seven peo­ple have been killed over the last cou­ple of months.’

Paul O’Con­nor (25), 6 Glen­sh­esk Road, White­hall, Dublin 9, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of drugs at the barn dance fes­ti­val at Glen­dalough House, An­namoe, on April 3, 2015.

He was searched at around 7 p.m. and found with 48 MDMA tablets with a value of €667; 0.87 grams of co­caine with a value of €60; 0.516 grams of herbal cannabis worth €10; and 22 2cb tablets worth €20.

O’Con­nor gave a cau­tion state­ment to garda Robert Whe­lan and said he bought them for friends and for his own con­sump­tion.

So­lic­i­tor Bren­dan Maloney said that O’Con­nor has done very well in ac­count­ing and fi­nance, hav­ing earned a de­gree from Blan­chard­stown IT.

He has en­tered into a drug coun­selling pro­gramme.

‘You were 24, not a 17-yearold child,’ Judge Kennedy told the man, who was ap­peal­ing for le­niency.

O’Con­nor said: ‘I wouldn’t waste this chance. I would be very grate­ful. I just don’t want this to haunt me for the rest of my life. I will never en­gage with any­thing like that again. I know what I did was wrong.’

The judge said: ‘You were caught. You may never have been caught and I don’t doubt that you would have kept on.

‘I don’t think it would serve an- ything if he went to jail, al­though that’s cer­tainly what he de­serves.’

He ad­journed the mat­ter to Septem­ber 12 for a Com­mu­nity Ser­vice re­port.

RIGHT: Judge David Kennedy.

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