Saturday 16 December 2017

Fitness instructor caught with 'death pills' was naive - judge

John Gibson had three ecstasy tablets worth €30
John Gibson had three ecstasy tablets worth €30

A fitness instructor caught with ecstasy tablets has been told by a judge they were "death pills" and he "should be ashamed of himself".

John Gibson (28) had three of the tablets on him when gardai stopped him during a road check.

Judge David McHugh fined him €100 and refused to leave him without a drugs conviction.

He said Gibson was in a pos-ition of trust in his job.

Gibson, of Foxborough Court, Lucan, pleaded guilty to possession of ecstasy.

Blanchardstown District Court was told the accused was stopped in Swords last December 8. Gardai carried out a search and found three tablets worth €30.

Gibson had previous convictions but none were under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The tablets belonged to a friend, but Gibson was keeping them for his own use, said defence barrister Alan Delaney.


"Does he realise he could have three death pills in his possession?" said Judge McHugh.

Gibson was "into fitness" and did not have a drug problem, said Mr Delaney.

The judge said Gibson would have seen the effects drugs can have on the human body.

"I know I shouldn't be using these, I don't have any issue with them," Gibson told the court through Mr Delaney.

He said he was aware that using ecstasy could cut short or curtail his career.

The judge said he was "somewhat shocked" at the accused's instructions to his lawyer.

Gibson was in a position of trust and seemed to be naive to the consequences of his actions, he said.

"It's quite shocking. There is not a chance of me leaving him without a conviction," said the judge. "I consider his profession to be an aggravating factor.

"It's a firm 'no', he should be ashamed of himself."

He added that the monetary fine was "not significant".

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