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Friday 23 February 2018

Cannabis student cost his dad €400

A catering student was caught with cannabis in his pocket after he was stopped in his car, a court heard. (stock photo)
A catering student was caught with cannabis in his pocket after he was stopped in his car, a court heard. (stock photo)

A catering student was caught with cannabis in his pocket after he was stopped in his car, a court heard.

Ben Singleton (21) pleaded guilty to possession of €50 worth of the drug last October at Springdale Road, Raheny.

Swords District Court heard the defendant, of Templeview Row, Clarehall, was stopped while driving his car and Gda Gerard Holland got a strong smell of cannabis.

Singleton produced the bag of cannabis and co-operated fully, the court heard.

His solicitor said he was studying catering, had exams next month and hoped to work aboard.

Donation

He said the defendant was working as a barman in the city centre and no longer smoked cannabis.

"It was a foolish act from a man in third-level education," the solicitor said.

"His father can offer €400 as a charitable donation and he will pay back every penny to his father," the solicitor said.

Ordering the donation go to Merchants Quay Ireland, Judge Dermot Dempsey struck the case out.

He asked Singleton if he was proud of himself for dragging his father into court, to which he replied: "No, I'm not proud."

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