Had cocaine on stag week-end in Carrick
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.