Boxer is jailed for acting as f70k drug courier
AN Irish youth boxer caught with cannabis valued at almost €70,000 has been given a six- year sentence.
Bernard Redmond (21), who has boxed in international competitions, agreed to move the drugs "from A to B" when he was unable to keep up payments to a drug dealer for a motorbike he had bought from him for €700.
Redmond, of Kiltalawn Road, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply in Dolphin's Barn on March 29, 2008.
Judge Katherine Delahunt had adjourned sentencing for a number of months after hearing the evidence in the case last February to allow him complete a sports coach training course.
She told Redmond that by acting as a drug courier he was putting a barrier between gardai and "people more sinister then yourself."
She noted he had undertaken the offence "not under duress or threat but as a way of making easy money." She accepted he was remorseful.
Judge Delahunt suspended the final four years of the sentence on strict conditions.
Garda Alan Cummins told the court that gardai acting on confidential information set up a surveillance operation and saw Redmond taking a sports bag into a pub, then leaving with the bag looking heavier.
Garda Cummins said gardai stopped a taxi that Redmond got into and, on searching him, found 41 bars of cannabis with a street value of €68,319.
Redmond, an apprentice electrician, admitted responsibility for the drugs but did not identify the people for whom he was transporting the cache.
Padraig Dwyer, defending, said Redmond was a person who was making a huge contribution to his community after discovering his sporting talents in his teens.