Carpenter caught with drugs after love split told to 'man up'
A trainee carpenter caught with cocaine started abusing the drug after he and his girlfriend broke up.
Corey McDonnell (21) had bought the cocaine and planned to share it with his friends, Blanchardstown District Court heard.
Judge Miriam Walsh told him it was time "to man up".
She said relationships broke up all the time and this was not an excuse for his behaviour.
The judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to January.
The defendant, of Scribbles- town Close, Finglas, admitted possession of cocaine as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
Gda Eoin O'Malley said he stopped McDonnell in Berryfield Park, Finglas, on June 24 last year.
The defendant was found with five deals of cocaine, with a street value of €200.
Gda O'Malley said McDonnell made full admissions in relation to the drugs.
The court heard he had never been in trouble before.
Defence solicitor Paula Egan said McDonnell had learned his lesson, had made a "massive mistake" and realised it was "very stupid" to get involved in drugs.
Ms Egan said McDonnell was working with his uncle and was a trainee carpenter.
She said her client was very sorry for his behaviour, and she handed in a letter of apology to the judge.
After reading the letter, Judge Walsh asked McDonnell when was he going to "man up", adding that breaking up with his girlfriend was not an excuse for what he had done.
The judge also said McDonnell was supplying drugs and it was "a nice little earner for him".
Ms Egan said the defendant was sharing the drugs with his friends, but was not selling them to the general public or making a profit.