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Sunday 23 July 2017

'Model citizen' was growing cannabis plants in bedroom

Travers brought €300 to court as a charitable donation
Travers brought €300 to court as a charitable donation

A young man described in court as a "model citizen" was caught growing €1,600 of cannabis in his bedroom.

Oliver Travers (28) had the drugs for his own use at his south Dublin home when it was raided by gardai.

Judge Fiona Lydon struck the case out, leaving him without a criminal record, when he made a €300 charity contribution.

Travers, of Belgrave Mews, Rathmines, pleaded guilty to possession and cultivation of cannabis at that address.

The DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level and jurisdiction was accepted by a judge.

Dublin District Court court heard gardai searched the defendant's address at 6.30pm on March 12, 2016, with a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

In the course of this search, gardai located four cannabis plants growing in a bedroom.

Travers was present during the search and was arrested and detained by gardai.

He made full admissions in interview and told gardai he had been growing the cannabis for his own personal use. The estimated value was €1,600.

He had no previous convictions.

Busy

Travers was single with no children, said his solicitor Dara Robinson.

He was a "very busy man" in a full-time job and doing a part-time degree course.

Mr Robinson presented a letter to the court, as well as two recent pay slips, to confirm that the accused was in employment.

Travers had "no issues of any kind" and had never been before the court previously, Mr Robinson continued.

The incident happened more than a year ago and Travers had no adverse contact with the gardai since.

Gardai had accepted that he had been growing the drugs for his own use.

Travers was not suffering from any addictions and enjoyed good health.

"He is a model citizen, this unfortunate business aside," said Mr Robinson.

He asked the judge to leave him without criminal convictions, saying he had a sum of money in court to offer as a charity donation.

It was not necessary to adjourn the case for the payment to be made, said Mr Robinson.

Judge Lydon struck the charges out after the €300 was handed in to court, to be paid to Merchants Quay Ireland.

"Thank you, judge," said the defendant.

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