Tuesday 25 October 2016

The Apprentice winner in court on public order and cocaine charges


Michelle Massey leaving Dun Laoghaire District Court
Michelle Massey leaving Dun Laoghaire District Court

A former winner of Ireland's The Apprentice reality TV series has appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court on drug and public order charges.

Michelle Massey (34) was allegedly found with a small quantity of cocaine after gardai brought her to Blackrock Garda Station in May last year.

Judge Grainne O'Neill adjourned the matter to a date in February for the attention of Judge Anne Watkin, who previously dealt with the case.

The defendant (inset), with an address at Corrig Hall, Ticknock Hill in Sandyford, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court accused of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The breach of the peace, contrary to the public order act, took place at Taney Road in Dundrum on May 1, 2015.


Massey is also charged with possession of cocaine at Blackrock Garda Station on the same date.

The case was before Dun Laoghaire court yesterday for an updated probation report, after Judge Watkin raised a number of matters from the initial probation report.

Defence solicitor Richard Young told the sitting judge, Judge O'Neill, that Judge Watkin had been dealing with the case, and he believed it was appropriate that she should finalise matters.

Mr Young also told the court that Massey is working.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann said there was consent to an adjournment to a date in February.

Sgt McCann said the prosecuting garda should be in court on the next date, as the defendant "has an issue with something in the probation report and we need the garda in court".

Judge O'Neill then adjourned the matter for five weeks for Judge Watkin's attention. Judge O'Neill also noted that the prosecution garda is expected to be in court on the next date.

A former sales consultant, originally from Peterborough in England, Massey won the third series of the Irish version of The Apprentice in 2010.

Her prize at the time was a one-year, €100,000 contract working for entrepreneur Bill Cullen.

According to Massey's LinkedIn profile, she currently works as a senior account manager for a US multi-national company.

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