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Monday 21 August 2017

'Absolute madness' for man who suffers seizures to smoke cannabis – judge

Glen McDermott appeared in court on cannabis charges
Glen McDermott appeared in court on cannabis charges

A forklift mechanic who has diabetes and suffers random seizures was told by a judge that it was “absolute madness” for him to take cannabis.

Glen McDermott (25) started smoking cannabis after his older brother died three years ago due to health complications caused by his own drug use.

A garda previously said he saw McDermott drop deals of cannabis onto his driveway when officers arrived at his home to search it.

The court heard he had nearly €1,000 worth of cannabis, which he had allegedly planned on sharing with friends.

Judge David McHugh imposed an 11-month sentence, but suspended it for two years.

Judge McHugh said it was “absolute madness” for McDermott to be taking drugs with his medical profile and, in effect, it was a death sentence if he continued with his behaviour.

The judge said McDermott’s “future was in his own hands”.

The defendant, with an address at Colepark Green in Ballyfermot, had admitted to possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply on July 1, 2014.

Garda David Comerford told Blanchardstown District Court that McDermott was standing in the driveway of his home talking to three other men when officers arrived.

Pockets

He said McDermott had his hands in his pockets and small packages of cannabis, with a street value of €992, started falling out. The court heard McDermott has previous convictions for drug-related matters.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said McDermott had a problem with cannabis during his late teens, but was clean for four years. However, when his brother died three years ago he started using again.

Ms Jackson also said McDermott is now drug-free as he has diabetes and suffers from random, sporadic seizures.

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