Teenager is con­victed of cannabis pos­ses­sion

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

James Fitzgerald (19) of Cor­ragh, Bun­clody ad­mit­ted to Judge Ger­ard Haughton at the Dis­trict Court in Gorey that he had not given up cannabis.

The ac­cused teenager pleaded guilty to hav­ing €20 worth of the drug at Bal­ly­car­ney when seen act­ing sus­pi­ciously in a car on Oc­to­ber 21 a year ago.

Fitzgerald came to court with his fa­ther, telling the judge that he was sin­gle and that he worked for a con­crete firm.

He in­di­cated that he was now clear of cannabis but thought bet­ter of this af­ter he was told that he might have to take uri­nal­y­sis test.

Judge Haughton re­minded him that cannabis might re­main in his sys­tem for up to a month. At this stage, the young man ac­cepted that the test might not be clear af­ter all.

In the light of this, he was not of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to make a do­na­tion to the Corn­mar­ket Pro­ject in or­der to keep con­vic­tion-free record. In­stead, he was con­victed of cannabis pos­ses­sion, and given five months to pay a €150 fine.

Aileen and Olivia Dee­gan from New Ross at the In­te­ger Lake Re­gion 4 Mile run and walk at the JFK Ar­bore­tum.

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