Athy man 'targeting' school kids with drugs jailed

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Athy man 'targeting' school kids with drugs jailed

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A young Athy man who was before Athy District Court last Tuesday for being in the possession of €200 worth of cannabis with the intention to sell it to school kids was sentenced to 11 months in custody.

James Broughall, who pleaded guilty, with an address listed as 77 Rathstewart Crescent, Athy came to the attention of gardai on April 6, 2017 when he was found hanging around the two main secondary schools on the Monasterevin Road in Athy at 3pm.

He was found to be in possession of €200 worth of cannabis.

He is 21 years old and has 49 previous convictions. He is currently in custody serving a sentence.

"I first saw this man when he was 14," said Judge Zaidan

The court heard from his solicitor Jackie McManus who said that her client was strung out at the time but he has since been drug free and is engaging with the prison services

"He will be a new man when he comes out of prison," she said.

Judge Zaidan said that it was serious to be targeting the local schools with drugs.

"It is bad," he said

"Do you see any hope for him?"

The defendant said that he would prove everybody wrong and turn his life around when he gets out of prison

He was given an 11 month prison sentence.