A father-of-one caught with cannabis in his possession ‘for his own use’ has been fined € 150.
Darren Moore, Casino Park, Marino, appeared before Judge Patrick Brady at Swords District Court last week and pleaded guilty to the possession of controlled drugs.
Outlining the facts of the case, Sgt Paul Madden told the court the value of the drugs in question came to € 30, adding the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to disposing of the charge summarily.
Judge Brady asked if Moore had any relevant previous convictions and Sgt Madden replied he did not, although he had received the Probation Act for a separate matter. Defending 28-yearold Moore, solicitor Fiona Kelly made an initial application for legal aid, which was withdrawn after the judge indicated the defendant would be fined for his ‘first offence’.
‘He is not working at present,’ Ms Kelly said. ‘He was let go in October, having worked as a supervisor in a security company.
‘He bought it for his own use and is exceptionally apologetic. He is living at home with his parents and earns € 204 per week.’ The court heard Moore was paying maintenance to support his three-year-old daughter and had ‘limited means’ while a reference from the organisation Youth Reach was also handed in .
‘He has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity,’ Ms Kelly continued. ‘I would ask you to be as lenient as possible.’ Judge Brady fined Moore € 150 and gave him one month to pay.