Drug ac­cused or­dered to do­nate to St Vin­cent de Paul

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

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.

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