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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stagehand chipped in with friends for cocaine

Defence barrister said Styles and four of his friends had chipped in to buy the drug
Defence barrister said Styles and four of his friends had chipped in to buy the drug

A stagehand caught with cocaine had chipped in with four of his friends to buy the drug.

Jonathan Styles (21) has no addiction issues and he has "learned a very harsh lesson", a court heard.

Judge David McHugh said he would apply the probation act if Styles donated €100 to Blanchardstown Hospice, wrote a letter of apology to gardai and completed 10 hours of community work.

The defendant, with an address at Glasanaon Road in Glasnevin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply. The incident took place at Ballygall Crescent in Finglas on May 23.

Trouble

Sergeant Mary Doherty said that Styles discarded a white package, containing cocaine with a street value of €900, after he saw gardai. The court heard that the defendant has never been in trouble before.

Defence barrister said Styles and four of his friends had chipped in to buy the drug. She said the defendant works in the events industry assembling and taking down stages.

The court heard that Styles has learned "a very harsh lesson", and is aware of the serious situation in which he has placed himself.

Judge McHugh said he accepted Styles had made a silly mistake, which he said he was attributing to his youth.

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