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Friday 13 December 2019

Student emptied out grinder during garda drug search bid

Olwatimlyi Akinade had been at a party before the incident
Olwatimlyi Akinade had been at a party before the incident

Aan IT student emptied a grinder on to the ground when gardai tried to carry out a drugs search, a court has heard.

Olwatimlyi Akinade (21) disposed of the contents of the implement when he was approached on the street near his home on suspicion of drug possession after he had been at a party.

Judge David McHugh said he would strike the case out, leaving the accused without a criminal record, if he made an €80 charity donation.

Akinade, with an address at Meile an Ri Crescent, Balgaddy, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to obstructing a garda drug search.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the offence happ-ened at Meile an Ri Crescent last August 11.

Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan said in evidence that gardai were on duty at 6.30pm on the evening in question when they approached the accused and asked to search him under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Apologised

Akinade opened up a grinder he had in his possession and tipped the contents on to the ground. He was arrested and charged.

The accused had no previous convictions of any kind and apologised for the offence, the court heard.

"I am more concerned about the grinder - it suggests greater things," Judge McHugh said.

Akinade was a first-year student and had been watching a Chelsea match at a party before the incident happened, his solicitor William Cadogan said.

The accused's life was "on track" and Mr Cadogan asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances.

Adjourning the case, the judge said that in default of the charity donation to a hospice, Akinade would be fined and given a month to pay.

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