File photo: Naas District Court
A man found with drugs in his possession was before the court because he was wearing trousers which were "not his own", Kilcock District Court was told.
Twenty three year old Ludovic Kingidila of 17 Beaufort Crescent, Maynooth appeared at the January 15 sitting in Naas.
Mr Kingidila faced a charge of having illegal drugs in his possession at Straffan road, Maynooth, on April 5 2018. Judge Desmond Zaidan was told that Mr Kingidila was searched by Gardai and found to have €20 of cannabis in his pocket.
Mr Kingidila, an student accountant technician, was granted free legal aid with solicitor Brian Larkin, and the case was adjourned for a short period.
When it resumed later in the afternoon, Mr Kingidila pleaded guilty to the offence.
But Mr Larkin then told the Court: “The trousers (defendant) he was wearing were not his own.”
The Court heard the 23 year old, who came to Ireland in 2011, was living in a house with others and “threw on a pair of trousers which were not his own.”
The solicitor said his client was not a drug user.
There was laughter in the Court.
Judge Zaidan said he did not accept the excuse but agreed to accept a €500 donation to the Clane Abbey Repair Fund instead of a conviction.
“It will teach him not to put on the wrong trousers,” he said, adjourning the case to July 2 for payment to be made.