Man gets sus­pended sen­tence for role in cannabis op­er­a­tion

Bray People - - SUMMER WEDDINGS -

A 28-YEAR-OLD Wick­low man who pleaded guilty to the pos­ses­sion of cannabis with a street value of €66,400 has been given a three-year sus­pended sen­tence.

Stu­art Jame­son, of 9 Cedar­wood Cres­cent, Kil­coole, pleaded guilty be­fore Judge Cor­mac Quinn at Wex­ford Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court to hav­ing a con­trolled drug (cannabis) in his pos­ses­sion at Macmine, Bree, En­nis­cor­thy, Co Wex­ford, on June 18, 2014.

Det Garda Gary Collins told the court about a search of the prop­erty on June 18, 2014. As gar­daí ap­proached the house, they ob­served a per­son inside, who did not open the door. That per­son has pre­vi­ously been dealt with by the court.

When gar­daí en­tered the house, they found the de­fen­dant, Stu­art Jame­son. Dur­ing a search of the premises, a small amount of cannabis was found while there was ev­i­dence through­out the house of cul­ti­va­tion hav­ing taken place. He said that cannabis was found grow­ing in the at­tic and the value of the cannabis came to a street value of €66,400.

The roof of the house, said Det Collins, was heav­ily in­su­lated, while the at­tic was di­vided into three com­part­ments, with lights, ma­chin­ery, etc. The de­fen­dant was very co-op­er­a­tive with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he added.

Det Collins said a Wil­liam Murphy was in charge of the op­er­a­tion. He said that Jame­son did not have any profit from the op­er­a­tion.

Det Collins said that Murphy has al­ready been handed a five-year sus­pended sen­tence in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent, while also be­ing orded to co-op­er­ate with the Pro­ba­tion and Wel­fare ser­vices.

The de­fen­dant, said Det Collins, is liv­ing at home and work­ing full-time. He comes from a good fam­ily and is of good char­ac­ter. He is some­one who did have a cannabis prob­lem but did not know what stage he is at now. Jame­son pleaded guilty to the of­fence in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

The de­fen­dant, said Det Collins, has come un­der cred­i­ble vi­o­lent threats and that th­ese threats are in re­la­tion to both par­ties, with Murphy hav­ing had to leave the area.

De­fence Coun­sel, Marc Murphy BL, said the threats on Jame­son’s life were gen­uine and have been re­ported to the gar­dai. He said his client has an of­fence com­ing up in Bray Court but he wants to put all this be­hind him.

De­fence Coun­sel said it was Wil­liam Murphy who was the sub­ject of the garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion while his client was not on their radar. How­ever, Jame­son made full ad­mis­sions in so much he was un­aware as to what was go­ing on, he said.

Mr Murphy men­tioned a very pos­i­tive Pro­ba­tion and Wel­fare re­port, which de­scribed his client as be­ing at low risk of re-of­fend­ing. He asked the court to be as le­nient as pos­si­ble and give cre­dence to a sus­pended sen­tence.

Judge Quinn said there was ev­i­dence the de­fen­dant is liv­ing in fear but was sat­is­fied that the ac­cused did ma­te­ri­ally as­sist in the op­er­a­tion. How­ever, he was sat­is­fied that the manda­tory ten-year sen­tence did not ap­ply.

He said there were mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances in the case.

Judge Quinn im­posed a sen­tence of three years, sus­pended on con­di­tion the ac­cused en­ter a bond of €200 to keep the peace and be of good be­hav­iour for three years, and that he be un­der the Pro­ba­tion and Wel­fare ser­vices for 18 months, com­ply with all in­struc­tions from them and at­tend any cour­ses as di­rected.

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