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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Love/Hate actor had €100 of hash on him, court told

Leroy Harris. Picture: Collins Courts
Leroy Harris. Picture: Collins Courts

A LOVE/HATE actor who starred in the notorious cat-killing scene in the TV drama has appeared in court on a drug dealing charge.

Leroy Harris (19) is alleged to have had €100 worth of cannabis on him when he was stopped by gardai near his north Dublin home last month.

He was remanded on continuing bail for three weeks at Dublin District Court to give him more time to consult his solicitor.

Harris has not yet indicated how he intends to plead in his case.

The budding actor is familiar to Love/Hate viewers following the shocking scene in the first episode of the new series where his character Glen filmed his pal Wayne shooting a cat with an Uzi machine gun.

 

Interview

The accused, with an address at Mariner's Port in the north inner city, is charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply.

He is further charged with a related count of simple possession of the drug. The offences, under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, are alleged to have happened at Sheriff Street on October 10 last.

A garda sergeant said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the charge at District Court level. After hearing the charge involved an allegation of possession of €100 worth of herbal cannabis, Judge Cormac Dunne accepted jurisdiction to deal with it.

This means it will not be sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said he was seeking an adjournment to take instructions from his client.

He also sought a summary of the prosecution's evidence and a transcript of Harris's interview by gardai had been furnished to the defence.

Judge Cormac Dunne made the disclosure order and adjourned the case to a date later this month. He also granted free legal aid after Mr O'Higgins said the defendant was unemployed.

Harris, wearing a red tracksuit top, navy blue bottoms and blue runners did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Harris is an emerging screen talent. He received a nomination for an award from the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) for his role in the RTE series Prosperity.

Harris was just 13 when he took that role and was praised for his sensitive portrayal of a teenager bullied because of his stammer.

 

Shocking

His role in the shocking opening scene of the current series of Love/Hate gained him instant notoriety.

His character, Glen, was shown filming his friend Wayne as he unleashed a volley of shots from an automatic weapon, killing a cat. Wayne sprayed bullets from the weapon he was minding for IRA moll Lizzie.

As the current series of Love/Hate nears its finale, Harris's character has been drawn deeper in to the gangland feuding.

aphelan@herald.ie

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