Pleaded guilty to cocaine possession
A MAN who pleaded guilty to possessing €70 worth of cocaine has been given the chance to avoid a conviction if he passes a drugs test. Joseph Skerritt of 1 Beachside Walk, Riverchapel, was charged with unlawful possession of drugs on Rafter Street, Gorey, on July 30 of last year.
The court heard that the young man, a trainee butcher, was going through a difficult time when he was caught, dealing with a death in the family. He had no previous convictions and the Judge was asked to be leniet.
Judge Haughton ordered the defendant to complete a urine test within 24 hours and said that if it came back clear, he would be willing to apply the Probation Act. ‘It would be useless me asking the question if, the odd time, I didn’t ask someone to take a test,’ the Judge said.
The case was then adjourned until December 13 to allow Skerritt to provide a sample.