Friday 28 October 2016

Man had cannabis joint at GAA club

A HOSPITAL car park attendant who was parked up at the grounds of a football club with a cannabis joint in his ashtray may escape a conviction if he makes a charitable donation.

Darren Savage (34) aroused garda suspicion as he was in his car parked up on its own at Rush Athletic Football Club around lunchtime on May 23, 2013.

Garda Gerrit Durnin said there was no match being played and Savage appeared nervous. He searched the car and found a joint in the ashtray.


Savage, of St Catherine's Park in Rush pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to the unlawful possession of cannabis at Rush Athletic Football Club on May 23, 2013. He has one previous conviction for using threatening and abusive behaviour.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy asked Judge Alan Mitchell to give Savage the opportunity to make a charitable donation. "He held his hands up and he is most anxious not to have a conviction."

Judge Alan Mitchell explained that it is on the basis of people buying cannabis which is the basis on which drug lords operate. "People make a conscious decision to buy drugs from suppliers," he said.

He said he will give Savage a chance and will apply the Probation Act if the defendant makes a €200 donation by May 14.

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