Had co­caine on stag week-end in Car­rick

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A 34-year-old man who ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing co­caine in an apart­ment rented out for a stag week-end in Car­rick-on-Shan­non had been un­der a sus­pended sen­tence for an­other drugs of­fence.

Giles Forde of 20 Old Bun­do­ran Road, Sligo ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of €50 worth of co­caine at Court Yard Apart­ments, Car­rick-on-Shan­non on July 29 th 2017.

In­spec­tor Donal Sweeney said a group on a stag week­end were stopped on the Main Street in Car­rick and searched. It was dis­cov­ered the group had rented three apart­ments in the town and a search was con­ducted there later. The de­fen­dant was sit­ting in the kitchen with a white bag of pow­der in his hands. He had a num­ber of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and on Septem­ber 15 th 2016 he re­ceived a three month jail term, sus­pended for two years for a sale or sup­ply drugs charge. This case was now re-en­tered.

Mr Mark Mul­laney, so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) pleaded that the de­fen­dant was de­tected al­most a year after the sus­pended term was im­posed and he asked for it not to be ac­ti­vated.

Mr Mul­laney said the de­fen­dant was a stu­dent at IT Sligo where he was study­ing com­put­ing with sec­ond year al­most com­plete with one exam to re­peat in Au­gust. The de­fen­dant’s friend was get­ting mar­ried and a num­ber of peo­ple from Sligo were ar­rested and charged aris­ing from the night. The de­fen­dant ac­cepted he was ‘dab­bling’ on the night.

Judge Kil­rane asked the de­fen­dant why he con­tin­ued to dab­ble with drugs when un­der a sus­pended sen­tence. Forde said it was very bad judge­ment be­cause of drink and peer pres­sure. He said he didn’t have an ex­cuse but that ‘ half the party’ were at it.

Mr Mul­laney pleaded that stag week-ends had be­come over­whelm­ing in terms of al­co­hol and drugs. The case was ad­journed for fi­nal­i­sa­tionyes­ter­day (Mon­day) and the de­fen­dant was re­manded in cus­tody. At the court on Mon­day, Judge Kil­rane fined Forde €400 and left the sus­pended term in place.

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