Sunday 17 December 2017

Leaving Cert youth caught dealing cannabis from his bike

Mark Leonard
Mark Leonard

A LEAVING Cert student caught dealing cannabis on his bicycle in Dublin city centre has been left without a criminal record.

Mark Leonard (18) was arrested after gardai saw him being paid for a bag of the drug in a street transaction.

He pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at O'Connell Street last July 21.

Judge Anthony Halpin struck the charge out after Leonard made a €100 charity donation.

Dublin District Court heard that gardai on patrol at 2.25pm saw the accused cycle up to a man who was waiting and hand him a suspected bag of cannabis.

He received cash in return.

Leonard, of Lindsay Road, Drumcondra, was very apologetic when arrested. The cannabis had a street value of €25.

Leonard was from a very good background and his family were "horrified" by his behaviour, his solicitor Conor Ruane said.

He had been taking cannabis for some time but had now stopped, had undertaken a drug counselling course and his behaviour would be monitored at home.


Leonard hoped to study photo- graphy after he left school, said Mr Ruane.

He asked the judge to leave the defendant without a conviction, saying Leonard was unlikely to come before the court again.

After Judge Halpin struck the charge out, Mr Ruane said the accused was "very grateful".

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