Man fined for sec­ond drug con­vic­tion

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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