Large num­ber face drug pos­ses­sion cases

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

A LARGE num­ber of peo­ple were called be­fore Wick­low Dis­trict Court last Tues­day, July 18, to face a charge of pos­ses­sion of drugs.

The de­fen­dants had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and had the cases dis­missed with the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act. Judge Alan Mitchell asked them to make do­na­tions of around one week’s in­come to the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety.

The judge told each of them that in catch­ing them, the gar­daí had done the young peo­ple a favour in teach­ing them some of the con­se­quences of il­le­gal drugs.

He also said that in tak­ing drugs, they are sup­port­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of crim­i­nal gangs. ‘Think about that the next time you hear of some­one get­ting shot,’ said the judge.’

Martin Hef­fer­nan (40), 49 Kil­ladreenan Close, New­town­moun­tkennedy, was stopped at a check­point at Court­foyle, Ash­ford, on De­cem­ber 14, 2016. Five euro worth of cannabis was found. He was asked to make a €500 do­na­tion to St Vin­cent de Paul in which case the mat­ter will be dis­missed with the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act. The mat­ter was ad­journed to Septem­ber 12.

Dar­ren Porter (18), Meadow View, Bal­li­nalea, Ash­ford, was in a car parked in a dis­creet lo­ca­tion in that area at 12.30 a.m. on De­cem­ber 23, 2016. He was found with €25 worth of cannabis. Porter was asked to make a do­na­tion of €100 to the St Vin­cent de Paul. The mat­ter was ad­journed to Septem­ber 12.

Ti­mothy Gib­son Brabazon (27), Fox Hol­low, Cron­roe, Ash­ford, had €100 worth of cannabis at a check­point at Newrath, Rath­new, on Jan­uary 20, 2017. He made a do­na­tion of €370 to the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety and the mat­ter was dis­missed with the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act.

Nathan McGinty (25), 58 Oak Lawns, Castletroy, Lim­er­ick, was found in pos­ses­sion of co­caine at the BarnDance at Glen­dalough House on Oc­to­ber 30. McGinty told gar­daí that he got it for free. ‘Were there sam­ples be­ing pro­vided at this fes­ti­val?’ asked the judge. McGinty paid €500 to the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety and the case was dis­missed with the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act.

Sam Brookes (23), Knock­rath, Rath­drum, was found with a sub­stance to the value of €80 at the Barn Dance on Oc­to­ber 30. ‘Are peo­ple not get­ting high on the nice views?’ asked Judge Mitchell. The court heard that Brookes has no in­come but had money with him in court. He paid €200 to the Vin­cent de Paul and the judge dis­missed the case.

David McDon­nell (20), 92 Green Road, Car­low, had ke­tamine at the Barn Dance. ‘Isn’t it a tran­quil­liser that is sup­posed to se­date you?’ asked the judge. He paid €200 to the char­ity and the mat­ter was dis­missed.

Laura But­ler (21), also had ke­tamine at the fes­ti­val. Judge Mitchell asked her to make a do­na­tion of €370 and the mat­ter was dis­missed.

‘If you’re go­ing to the Barn Dance again, run a mile from any­body who has drugs,’ Judge Mitchell told her.

Kevin Hack­ett (22), Trim Road, Long­wood, Meath, had MDMA to the value of €50 at the Barn Dance on Oc­to­ber 30. He was asked to make a do­na­tion of €230 to the St Vin­cent de Paul and Judge Matthews said he would dis­miss the case.

Jamie Kil­bane (19), 9A Vanessa Lawns, Cel­bridge, was one of a num­ber young men in a car at Car­rig Shouk, Glen­mac­nass, Wick­low, on Fe­bru­ary 10, 2017. Gar­daí found €10 worth of cannabis in the foot­wall. Kil­bane ad­mit­ted it was his. He made a do­na­tion of €300 to the Vin­cent de Paul and the mat­ter was dis­missed.

Al­fie Bres­lin (18), 28 Avon­beg Cot­tages, Bal­li­na­clash, Wick­low, was found in pos­ses­sion of €40 worth of cannabis in a car parked in Rath­drum on De­cem­ber 8, 2016. Bres­lin paid €200 to the St Vin­cent de Paul. The mat­ter was dis­missed.

Ger­ard Ni­choll (52), Echo Field, Kingston, Rath­drum, had €20 worth of cannabis in a bank money bag at his home, which was found dur­ing a search on Oc­to­ber 27, 2016. So­lic­i­tor Barry Kenny said that his client is an ac­com­plished moun­taineer, on so­cial wel­fare most of the year. He paid €300 to the St Vin­cent de Paul and the mat­ter was dis­missed.

Judge Mitchell said that, Ni­choll be­ing a lit­tle older than the other de­fen­dants, could pro­vide a good ex­am­ple by ab­stain­ing from il­le­gal drugs.

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