Pleaded guilty to co­caine pos­ses­sion

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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