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Thursday 21 November 2019

Chef Rachel's son in custody until live-in drugs rehab is found

Joshua Allen’s response has left judge ‘unimpressed’
Joshua Allen’s response has left judge ‘unimpressed’

The young son of chef Rachel Allen has been remanded in custody until the end of the month to give his defence counsel time to secure residential addiction treatment for him.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain remanded Joshua Allen (19) in custody until November 29 after he said his response to the serious charges he was facing was "singularly unimpressive."

Judge O'Donnabhain said the probation report had shown the defendant "had not matured in the manner" he would expect.

Allen, of Ballinamona, Shana- garry, Co Cork, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two drugs charges at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, on August 30 last year.

The eldest son of Rachel and Isaac Allen pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply when the market value exceeded €13,000 or more.

He pleaded guilty to possess- ion of cocaine on the same occ-asion, and to another charge involving possession of cannabis on September 5 last year at Ballinamona.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard he was arrested after the controlled delivery of a parcel containing the cannabis.

Det Gda Michael O'Halloran said the package, with a US postmark, was intercepted by customs in Portlaoise.

It was found to contain cannabis with a street value of €22,694. A controlled delivery was arranged addressed to Allen at Ballymaloe.

The package was signed for and received by Allen. Gardai observed him opening the package and intercepted it.

Allen admitted it was his third or fourth time engaging in such a delivery.

He cooperated fully with gardai and told investigating officers he got the drugs from a female resident in California.

He travelled to London and paid her €2,000 for the drugs.

Lapses

On September 5, a further small quantity of cannabis was found at Ballinamona, with a street value of €203.

Siobhan Lankford, for Allen, said he had engaged with Arbour House for his addiction issues but had lapses.

He has also engaged with Tabor Lodge pre-entry service for residential care.

Allen was anxious to go into a residential facility to combat addiction.

To better himself, he has volunteered with a homeless service and returned to soccer.

Judge O'Donnabhain remanded him in custody until the end of the month.

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