Leaving Cert youth caught dealing cannabis from his bike
A LEAVING Cert student caught dealing cannabis on his bicycle in Dublin city centre has been left without a criminal record.
Mark Leonard (18) was arrested after gardai saw him being paid for a bag of the drug in a street transaction.
He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at O'Connell Street last July 21.
Judge Anthony Halpin struck the charge out after Leonard made a €100 charity donation.
Dublin District Court heard that gardai on patrol at 2.25pm saw the accused cycle up to a man who was waiting and hand him a suspected bag of cannabis.
He received cash in return.
Leonard, of Lindsay Road, Drumcondra, was very apologetic when arrested. The cannabis had a street value of €25.
Leonard was from a very good background and his family were "horrified" by his behaviour, his solicitor Conor Ruane said.
He had been taking cannabis for some time but had now stopped, had undertaken a drug counselling course and his behaviour would be monitored at home.
Leonard hoped to study photo- graphy after he left school, said Mr Ruane.
He asked the judge to leave the defendant without a conviction, saying Leonard was unlikely to come before the court again.
After Judge Halpin struck the charge out, Mr Ruane said the accused was "very grateful".