Cannabis user’s attitude is not at the races, says judge
A judge has questioned the attitude of a West Cork man facing sentence for growing cannabis, two years ago, as it emerged the accused had continued to smoke dope.
Richard Cullinane, aged 47, of The Chalets, Dunnycove, Ardfield, Clonakilty, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis at his house on July 7, 2015.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he was not happy with what was contained in the probation report about Cullinane.
“He is up before the bench for a drugs offence. His attitude is, ‘I am smoking dope for the last 30 years, I can’t do anything about it’.
“This guy is not at the races,” said the judge, “someone better put him in the stalls.
“Where are we going to go?” asked Judge Ó Donnabháin.
Peter O’Flynn, defending, said Cullinane is is finally weaning himself off the drug.
He said the defendant would engage with Arbour House.
Judge Ó Donnabháin remanded Cullinane in custody until November 23 to com- mence drug counselling prison.
“He has approached this case on a totally unrealistic basis,” the judge said.
“He did not approach it in a voluntary manner. It has to be done this way now.”
In the course of the Cork Circuit Criminal Court hearing last week, Garda Kevin Kennedy said he had obtained a warrant to search the house.
“I attended at the house. No one was present. We gained entry through an unlocked side door. We found 17 suspected cannabis plants, 11 of in them were fully grown and six were small plants.”
Other items found included weighing scales, bags and a pipe for smoking cannabis.
Later in the day, the accused arrived home and admitted ownership of the cannabis. He told gardaí the drug was for his own personal use.
Cullinane, the court heard, co-operated with the garda investigation and entered a plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity.
He had three previous convictions for having drugs for his own use.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin: Remanded accused in custody.