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Monday 24 July 2017

Mum kicked son out after 'shame' of cocaine arrest

Judge John Lindsay ordered Courtney to complete the restorative justice services programme. (Stock photo)
Judge John Lindsay ordered Courtney to complete the restorative justice services programme. (Stock photo)

A young man caught with cocaine was kicked out of the family home for a time for bringing "shame" on his family, a court heard.

Craig Courtney (21), who now volunteers for a charity, was told to hold the cocaine after he built up a drug debt.

Judge John Lindsay ­ordered Courtney to complete the ­restorative justice services programme.

The defendant admitted ­before Tallaght District Court to a drugs offence.

Sergeant Michael Ahern said gardai obtained a warrant and searched the defendant's home at Avondale Gardens in Tallaght on February 16 last year.

During the search, cocaine with a street value of €1,600 was found, some in the kitchen and some on the defendant.

Using

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said that, at the time of this offence, Courtney was using cocaine on a regular basis.

Mr Hennessy said the ­defendant was not addicted to the drug but it was more of a habituation. He is no longer using cocaine, he added.

He said Courtney's mother had taken "an extremely dim view" of her son's behaviour and he was kicked out of the family home for a time for "bringing shame on the family".

Mr Hennessy also said ­Courtney has "very good family support" and he made "a huge error of judgment".

He currently volunteers with a homeless charity, bringing meals to rough sleepers.

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