Pair were ‘pressured’ into getting involved
YOUNG and the teenager were both pressured and threatened to be ‘drug runners’ in a larger operation, their defence barristers said.
Peter Killen, defending Young, said she had been approached and ‘became involved unwittingly at first but then realised what was going on’.
He told the court that she was then pressured by a friend’s partner to carry on and ‘accepts that by failing to resist she made a very poor piece of judgement’.
Mr Killen said Young had no previous convictions and it ‘makes her involvement all the more mystifying’.
Desmond Lennon, defending the teenager, said he had been ‘criminally exploited’ after falling into debt.
He told the court that he had damaged a bike ‘belonging to a thirdparty’ and was ‘subjected to violence and threats of violence’.
Mr Lennon said: “He was taken advantage of by far more sophisticated criminals, the sort of characters who lurk in the background and use youngsters to do their dirty work.
“He was acting under direction of more sinister people. He has been criminally exploited in this case.”