Asylum seeker caught selling ecstasy was 'desperate' for money
AN ASYLUM-seeker living on €19 a week was so desperate for money he started selling ecstasy, a court heard.
Richard Kasozi (24) also had cocaine and cannabis after he was searched by gardai, which he said was for his own use.
Judge Grainne Malone ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to April.
The defendant, of Cabra Park, Dublin 7, admitted before Dublin District Court to possession of cannabis, cocaine and MDMA as well as having MDMA, also known as ecstasy, for sale or supply.
Gda Donal Donoghue said he was on his way to Kasozi's home to search it on December 7, 2013 when he came across the defendant on the street.
He was searched and two packs of MDMA valued at €150 were found in a glove. He also had €100 worth of cannabis.
Gda Donoghue said the defendant's flat was searched and cocaine worth €150 was found.
He said Kasozi admitted the cannabis and cocaine were for his personal use and he was selling the MDMA.
Defence solicitor Joe McNally said the defendant, a father of two, started selling MDMA due to his "desperate financial situation". He said Kasozi has dealt with his cannabis problem.