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Friday 24 January 2020

Fitness influencer Rob escapes conviction on €50 festival coke rap

Rob Lipsett
Rob Lipsett

A social media star and former Love Island contestant was caught with €50 of cocaine when gardai searched him at a music and arts festival.

Rob Lipsett (27) was stopped by gardai and found with a small quantity of the drug, which had a street value of €50, during the Forbidden Fruit Festival in Kilmainham, Dublin.

Judge John O'Leary struck out the drugs summons, leaving Lipsett without a conviction, after he made a €1,000 donation to Merchants Quay Ireland.

Lipsett's solicitor, Rory Staines, told Dublin District Court that his client was a businessman who hoped to travel to the United States with work, and a conviction would impact on his ability to obtain a visa.

Powder

Mr Lipsett, of Zion Road in Rathgar, pleaded guilty to simple possession of cocaine at Bow Lane West in Kilmainham last June 2.

The allegation was contrary to Section Three of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The prosecuting garda, Garda Ruairi Brennan, said that he stopped Mr Lipsett for the purposes of a drugs search and during the course of the search, he found a small package containing a white powder.

This was later analysed and found to be cocaine, worth €50.

Gda Brennan said that Lipsett had no previous convictions, and the court heard the defendant had co-operated fully with the garda.

Mr Staines handed a letter into court from Lipsett's doctor, which showed that the defendant was drug-free.

Mr Staines said Lipsett was a businessman and fitness instructor and he was well aware of the contradiction of "being caught in these circumstances while being involved in fitness".

Mr Staines asked the judge to strike out the summons and leave Lipsett without a conviction, saying this incident was "very much a once-off" and a conviction would impact on his future career.

Lipsett hoped to travel to the United States with his work, and was currently trying to organise a visa. Any drugs conviction would impact on his ability to get a visa, Mr Staines said.

Judge O'Leary reminded Lipsett of the impact of drug use in this country.

Mr Staines said the defendant was willing to make a €1,000 donation to Merchants Quay Ireland and said that could be made immediately.

A receipt for the €1,000 donation was later handed into court and Judge O'Leary struck out the summons.

Lipsett, who was smartly dressed in a navy suit and white shirt, did not address the court during the short hearing.

The Dubliner, who is the brother of top model Roz Lipsett, is a successful fitness blogger, social media star and motivational speaker.

Youtube

As well as his own YouTube channel, Mr Lipsett has more than 520,000 followers on Instagram and 36,000 followers on Twitter.

He also appeared on the 2017 series of ITV dating show Love Island.

Lipsett was introduced to the Love Island villa as part of the Casa Amor shake-up, which saw the original cast of male and female contestants separated into two different villas while six new men and women were added to the mix.

He was eliminated from the show soon after after none of the original girls chose to couple up with him.

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