Saturday 20 January 2018

Boxing coach has ecstasy charge withdrawn after Court of Appeal judgment

The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.
The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

The DPP has withdrawn a charge against a boxing coach caught with more than €17,000 worth of ecstasy in light of Tuesday's Court of Appeal judgement.

Darren Snee (25) pleaded guilty to possession of the drug for sale or supply hours before the Appeal Court ruled that a range of drugs including ecstasy were legal as they were unconstitutionally banned.

The drugs concerned are now illegal again after emergency legislation was rushed through the Oireachtas.

Snee still faces sentence for possession for sale or supply of cannabis worth €819 and cocaine valued at €399.

The accused, of Oak Court Close, Palmerstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine, cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy) for sale or supply at his home on November 18, 2013.

After the guilty plea on Tuesday, Judge Martin Nolan remanded Snee in custody pending sentence.

When defence counsel Pieter Le Vert heard about the Appeal Court ruling over lunch, he made an application for his release which was denied by the judge.

Yesterday, counsel for the prosecution asked Judge Nolan to vacate Snee's guilty plea to the ecstasy charge and to withdraw this count.

The judge consented, but reaffirmed his decision to continue to remand Snee in custody on the remaining two counts.

On Tuesday, Det Gda John McWeeney said a search of Snee's home found six bags of cocaine and a bag of rock cocaine.

A further 24 deals of cannabis herb were found in his wardrobe while €2,260 in cash was found hidden under his bed.

A weighing scales was beside his bed and a black drum was found outside the window that contained 19 bags of MDMA.

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