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Sunday 26 January 2020

Student's grinder case charge struck out

Akinade, of Meile an Ri Crescent, Balgaddy, Clondalkin, had pleaded guilty to obstructing a garda drug search. (Stock picture)
Akinade, of Meile an Ri Crescent, Balgaddy, Clondalkin, had pleaded guilty to obstructing a garda drug search. (Stock picture)

An IT student who emptied a grinder out on to the ground when gardai tried to carry out a drugs search has been left without a criminal record.

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

Judge David McHugh struck the case out, leaving him without a conviction, after he made an €80 char- ity donation.

Akinade, of Meile an Ri Crescent, Balgaddy, Clondalkin, had pleaded guilty to obstructing a garda drug search.

Tipped

Blanchardstown District Court heard the offence happened at Meile an Ri Crescent last August 11.

Gardai were on duty at 6.30pm when they app-roached the accused and asked to search him under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Akinade opened 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 and apologised.

He had been watching a soccer match at a party before the incident happ-ened, his solicitor William Cadogan said.

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