Judge asks cannabis grower if he has any re­spect for his mother

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

A MAN who was grow­ing two cannabis plants in the home he shared with his mother was asked by a dis­trict court judge last week if he had any re­spect for her.

Michael Dun­worth, Rusheen Park, Bal­ly­long­ford, came to the at­ten­tion of gardaí on foot of in­form­ta­tion last year, the Court was told.

His home was searched un­der war­rant on Septem­ber 6 where gardaí dis­cov­ered two cannabis plants grow­ing in con­tain­ers. They were val­ued by the State at €400 each.

So­lic­i­tor for the de­fence Robin Lee told the court that the plants had ‘barely bro­ken the sur­face’.

Mr Dun­worth pleaded guilty to the un­law­ful cul­ti­va­tion of cannabis con­trary to sec­tion 17 of the Mis­use of Drugs Act.

Mr Lee said his client was grow­ing the plants for his own use. Mr Dun­worth told the court that he lived with his mother and had been grow­ing the plants in a spare room.

“They could have been mas­querad­ing as tomato plants,” Mr Lee said.

“Aren’t you a bit of a boyo... have you no re­spect for your mother?” Judge O’Con­nor asked.

He heard the 23-year-old de­fen­dant has been out of work for the past four years.

The Judge de­scribed the of­fence as the ‘near­est to sec­tion 15 [pos­ses­sion for the pur­poses of sale or sup­ply] as you can find’.

“The only thing sav­ing him is that it is two plants and that there was no para­pher­na­lia as­so­ci­ated with sell­ing drugs.”

Mr Dun­worth will keep his clean record if he pays €1,000 to the Court Poor Box by De­cem­ber 7 next.

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