Drug accused ordered to donate to St Vincent de Paul
A young man who dabbled in drugs over a six month period has been told to donate ¤300 to St Vincent de Paul.
21-year-old student Luke Melly of Cranmore Place, Sligo, was stopped and searched by Gardaí after they noticed him acting in a suspicious manner around 8pm in Stephen Street Car Park on 30 th January 2017.
Defence solicitor Mr Mark Mullaney told Sligo District Court on 13th December, that the defendant, was before the court to finalise matters after he previously pleaded guilty to the charges.
Sergeant Derek Butler told Judge Kevin Kilrane that at 8pm on 4 th November 2016 Gardaí noticed Melly acting suspiciously in Stephen Street Car Park.
“He became extremely nervous and was detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act,” he said.
He added that it became clear he was “concealing something illegal” and he “took out a small bag of 15 tablets” which were later identified as MDMA, a form of ecstasy tablets.
Melly also took out a pen knife from his other pocket and handed it to Gardaí, claiming it was “for his own protection.”
Melly was charged with seven offences in total: unlawful possession of drugs and possession of a knife in Stephen Street car park on 4 th November 2016, unlawful possession of cannabis and obstruction at Connolly Street 30 th January 2017, and similar cannabis herb possession charges at Cranmore Road 14 th March 2017 and Cranmore Drive and Millbrook Apartments on 22nd March 2017.
Melly pleaded guilty to all on 29 th January 2018 and sentencing was put back to this month for a Probation Report.
The court heard Melly had not come to the attention of the Garda since and was willing to donate ¤300 to St Vincent de Paul. “Have you really finished with it now?” Judge Kilrane asked Melly.
“It was only just one time. I made a bad decision. I’m doing a software development course now and trying to keep my head down,” he said.
Last Thursday 20 th December Melly handed up ¤300 to Judge Kilrane to be donated to St Vincent de Paul Sligo. He then received the Probation Act.
Sligo Courthouse where the case was heard at the District Court.