Man fined for second drug conviction
A SEMI-professional kick boxer who was caught for a second time being in unlawful possession of drugs has been fined. Darren Cummins (31), who had been off cannabis for many years, turned to the drug as he was going through ‘a tragic situation’, Swords District Court has heard. The defendant was searched by gardai after he was acting in a suspicious manner in Swords on December 17th last year. Cannabis worth €25 was found on him and the defendant, of Forest Court, Rivervalley in Swords, made full admissions to gardai. He has 12 previous convictions, including one previous for being in unlawful possession of drugs dating back to 2008.
Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the 31-year-old, who works as a groundsman and bar man in River Valley, is a semi-professional kick boxer.
‘He is keen to set up his own boxing club and gym and has applied to the Irish Boxing Society to do so,’ said Ms Kealy, asking Judge John King if he would consider leaving the defendant without a conviction as he will be required to be garda vetted for the boxing club.
She explained the defendant, who did take cannabis many years ago, reverted to taking it again for a short time as he was going through a tragic situation.
‘He knows he made an error and he is training hard and wants to contribute to the community,’ said Ms Kealy.
Judge King said the defendant’s previous conviction for being in unlawful possession for drugs is ‘going to show up anyhow’ when he is vetted and proceeded to convict and fined him €250.