File Photo: Naas courthouse
A Kildare town man has been sentenced to a total of 22 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to a number of charges of possession of drugs for sale or supply.
On May 20, 2016, and November 20, 2017, at Aarron Walsh’s home address, 3226 Maryville Grove, Melitta Road, Kildare town, gardaí conducted a search and found cocaine, cannabis, cash and other drug paraphernalia.
Sitting at Naas District Court on Wednesday, Judge Desmond Zaidan heard evidence that Mr Walsh made admissions at the scene.
A ‘tick’ list was found also, and the court heard that the defendant was supplying a circle of friends. During the first raid, €2,095 in cash was found.
The defendant has a number of previous convictions for similar matters. He has 41 previous convictions in total, including three each for both possession and possession for sale or supply.
He has served time in custody in the past, including a two-year sentence with the final six months suspended.
Representing him, Cairbre Finan explained that his client’s drug use commenced after he had spent time in custody.
“That tells its own story,” he noted, which prompted the judge to wonder why nobody who had become addicted to drugs in custody had ever taken the State to court.
Mr Finan said his client was appearing in court with the support of his mother and brother.
He said that his client had a drug difficulty and that there was money owed.
“To drug dealers?” Judge Zaidan asked.
“Well...there was money owed,” the solicitor responded, although he later explained that his client now did not owe anybody money any more and is not using drugs anymore.
He said that his client is now 33-years-old and the older he has gotten the more frustrated and fed up he is with his situation.
His first conviction occurred in 2002, when he was 16.
“Has he ever worked in his life?” the judge asked.
Mr Walsh said that he had worked as a labourer on building sites.
“But have you no skills or trade?” the judge asked.
Mr Walsh said that he did not.
Judge Zaidan sentenced the defendant to two 11-month consecutive sentences.