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Sunday 17 December 2017

I was bored, says man found with €1,400 drugs haul

A YOUNG man caught with nearly €1,400 worth of cocaine on him on St Stephen's Day had drifted into drug use out of "boredom", a court heard.

Derek Skelly (22) was out of work and had nothing to do when he began taking cocaine.

Judge John O'Neill adjourned the case for the production of a probation report after hearing Skelly had no previous drugs convictions.

The accused, of Cherry Orchard Way, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at Cherry Orchard Avenue on December 26, 2009. Garda Andrew Lyons told Dublin District Court he stopped the defendant at 8.10pm and found the cocaine in a search. The garda said the 19.3 grammes had a street value of €1,400.

Defence barrister Keith Spencer said the defendant would have used that amount in "one or two nights", as he intended sharing it with friends.

"An idle mind is the devil's workshop," Mr Spencer said.

"He had no job and at the time found himself quite bored. He got in with a bad group and began taking drugs".

He was "resolute" that he would not have sold it, he said.

aphelan@herald.ie

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