Athy man’s drugs case adjourned

The case of a young man, who was before Athy District Court on Tuesday, November 27, for the unlawful possession of drugs with the intent to sell or supply, was adjourned until February 26 next for a probation report.

The case of a young man, who was before Athy District Court on Tuesday, November 27, for the unlawful possession of drugs with the intent to sell or supply, was adjourned until February 26 next for a probation report.

Patrick Speirs, (21) with an address listed as Burtown, Athy, was found to be in possession of herbal cannabis by gardai on February 7 last at Burtown, Athy.

The court heard that the defendant was observed by gardai standing outside a parked car with three other youths. Gardai searched the youths under the Illegal Drugs Act and found a plastic bag on the floor beside the car with the cannabis inside.

The defendant, who owned the car, volunteered to allow gardai undertake a house search where two small bags of herbal cannabis and cannabis resin were found alongside a list with three friends’ names on it.

The combined value of the drugs found was €240. On March 5 last,the defendant called to the garda station and voluntarily admitted that he was supplying the herbal cannabis to the three people on the list.

The court heard that the defendant has no previous convictions and “comes from a very good family”.

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked if the defendant was selling the drug for profit and was informed that it was to finance his own habit.

The solicitor for the defendant, Ross Philips, told the court that his client has stopped taking drugs and has completed a drugs awareness programme.

Judge Zaidan adjourned the case until next February for a probation report.

“I make no promises,” he said.