Drug addict avoids being sent to prison
A CANNABIS addict who pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the drug has avoided a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable for community service.
Judge Dermot Dempsey noted that Karl McQuillan (25) seems to be making a genuine effort and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service in lieu of a five-month jail sentence.
McQuillan pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of €200 of cannabis herb on August 4 last at Blackwood Lane, Portmarnock.
The accused, of Boroimhe Cherry, Swords, also pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of €130 worth of cannabis herb at his home on the same date.
Gda Michael McCabe gave evidence that he stopped McQuillan and searched his vehicle.
He found €200 worth of cannabis herb which McQuillan admitted was for his own use. On searching McQuillan's house, the defendant handed Gda McCabe a further two bags of cannabis herb.
McQuillan has 18 previous convictions, including six under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the 25-year-old is in rehabilitation for his drug addictions.
A positive probation report was handed in to court stating that McQuillan is suitable to complete the community service work.