Allen remanded in custody for drug sentencing
The son of celebrity chef Rachel Allen will spend the next three weeks in custody, with a judge warning that he could face a longer remand unless he shows new maturity in dealing with the fallout from his drugs conviction.
Joshua Allen, aged 19, of Ballinmona, Shanagarry, Co Cork, earlier this year pleaded guilty to two drugs charges at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, on August 30, 2018.
However, when he returned before Cork Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing yesterday, Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin warned that his “singularly unimpressive” probation reports “only gives me one option”.
The court heard from Detective Sergeant Michael O’Halloran that gardaí were contacted by customs officers about a suspected parcel of drugs at the postal sorting office in Portlaoise and a controlled delivery was made at 4.30pm on August 30, 2018, to Allen.
Allen was prosecuted on two possession of drugs charges but the most serious charge was of having the €22,000 worth of cannabis in the parcel for sale or supply. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence unless the judge finds there are exceptional circumstances.
However, the court heard there was evidence of Allen relapsing on a number of occasions. He had also missed two appointments.
The judge said: “This lad has not matured in the manner I would expect or require of someone coming before the court on such a serious charge. He is knitting his own jumper. I will not let him do that. He is going from the probation service and self-referring elsewhere.”
Allen was remanded in custody until November 29 and the judge indicated he would consider a suggestion that the accused go into residential drug treatment on that date. Otherwise, he could be remanded in custody for further consideration of sentencing until the next circuit criminal court sessions in February 2020.
A man appeared at Limerick District Court yesterday charged with the murder of 11-year-old Limerick schoolboy Brooklyn Colbert. Patrick Dillon, aged 26, of Dalgaish Park, Moyross, Limerick, is alleged to have murdered the boy at a house on Shanabooley Road, Ballynanty, Limerick, on November 3. The victim’s father Wayne Colbert, a well-known Limerick soccer player, was in court. Detective Garda Eoin McDonagh gave evidence of arrest. Judge Marian O’Leary remanded Mr Dillon is custody until next Tuesday and ordered that he be medically assessed.
Brooklyn Colbert, 11, who died tragically in Limerick.