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Thursday 24 August 2017

Cannabis user had €150-a-week habit

Sean Cooper (23) claimed he was not proud of what he did, but said he has smoked cannabis since he was 16 and he needed it before going to bed.
Sean Cooper (23) claimed he was not proud of what he did, but said he has smoked cannabis since he was 16 and he needed it before going to bed.

AN ELECTRICIAN caught with cannabis by gardai went straight out to a dealer and bought more of the drug, a court heard.

Sean Cooper (23) claimed he was not proud of what he did, but said he has smoked cannabis since he was 16 and he needed it before going to bed.

Judge Grainne Malone ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing to May.

The defendant, of St John's Court, Santry, was found guilty before Dublin District Court of possession of cannabis for sale or supply.

Cooper had pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, but claimed he had the drug for his own use.

Gda Deirdre McInerney said she entered St John's Court shortly after 9pm on November 18, 2013.

She said two men sitting in a car appeared to "shimmy down" in their seats in an attempt to avoid detection .

She spoke to the occupants of the car and got a strong smell of cannabis.

Gda McInerney said she told Cooper he was going to be searched and he handed over a bag of cannabis with a street value of €250 which was hidden under his trousers.

The court heard that Gda McInerney searched the defendant's home on November 19, 2013 and in an iPad box hidden in a wardrobe in Cooper's bedroom she found a digital weighing scales, an amount of cannabis and 80 plastic bags.

In his evidence, Cooper claimed he was a serious habitual user of cannabis and was spending €150-a-week on the drug.

He claimed he was bulk buying cannabis as it was cheaper and had the weighing scales so he could weigh the drug to ensure he did not get ripped off.

He also denied he was supplying cannabis to others.

Judge Malone said she did not accept Cooper's explanation and adjourned sentencing.

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