Allen re­manded in cus­tody for drug sen­tenc­ing

Irish Examiner - - Front Page - Liam Heylin

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.

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