DAD (45) GREW €6K OF CANNABIS AT HIS HOME
A father of three grew cannabis at his home in what was described by his solicitor at Sligo District Court as a “basically window box affair.”
Before the court was 45-year-old Colm Dunne of Circular Road, Sligo who admitted the cultivation of cannabis plants at his home on November 16 th 2015.
Eight plants were discovered after Gardaí carried out a search of the home.
A quantity of cannabis herb was also found according to In- spec tor Paul Kilcoyne.
He told Judge Kevin Kilrane (pictured above) that the potential street value of the plants was €800 each giving a total of €6,400.
The cannabis herb, weighing 110 grammes was worth €2,300.
Mr Eddie Henry, solicitor (defending) said it was significant that the DPP didn’t proceed with a supply charge and that it was “basically a window box affair.”
“It was nothing elaborate,” said Mr Henry.
The defendant was a family man with three children and wasn’t someone who drank or went out socialising, said Mr Henry.
“His weakness is that he smokes cannabis,” said Mr Henry, adding that the defendant had been very co-operative with Gardaí.
He stressed that the Inspector did state when outlining the case that the value of the plants was a potential amount.
“The plants were small and scrawny,” said Mr Henry.
Judge Kilrane said that while the defendant may have a different view this practice was illegal in this country and he had to apply the law as he found it.
“If he wants to continue his life like this then he may well have to emigrate and go somewhere like Holland,” said the Judge.
Mr Henry pointed out that in some State in America cannabis was now legal.
“Maybe Mr Trump might welcome him”Judge Kilrane.
He fined Dunne, whom the court heard did not have any previous convictions, €400.