Teenager is convicted of cannabis possession
James Fitzgerald (19) of Corragh, Bunclody admitted to Judge Gerard Haughton at the District Court in Gorey that he had not given up cannabis.
The accused teenager pleaded guilty to having €20 worth of the drug at Ballycarney when seen acting suspiciously in a car on October 21 a year ago.
Fitzgerald came to court with his father, telling the judge that he was single and that he worked for a concrete firm.
He indicated that he was now clear of cannabis but thought better of this after he was told that he might have to take urinalysis test.
Judge Haughton reminded him that cannabis might remain in his system for up to a month. At this stage, the young man accepted that the test might not be clear after all.
In the light of this, he was not offered an opportunity to make a donation to the Cornmarket Project in order to keep conviction-free record. Instead, he was convicted of cannabis possession, and given five months to pay a €150 fine.