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Friday 20 September 2019

TV chef Rachel's son to be sentenced over €13k drugs at cookery school

Joshua Allen outside court
Joshua Allen outside court

The teenage son of TV chef Rachel Allen will be sentenced in November on drugs charges involving cannabis and cocaine, quantities of which were found at the renowned Ballymaloe cookery school.

Joshua Allen (19), the eldest son of Rachel and Isaac Allen, had a legal application withdrawn before Judge Sean O'Donnabhain at Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

The application, no details of which were outlined in court, is understood to have involved a variation in his bail conditions.

However, defence counsel Stephen O'Donoghue confirmed that the application had been withdrawn and the matter could be struck out.

Seizure

Judge O'Donnabhain remanded Allen to November 8 on continuing bail conditions. He was not required to be in court for the hearing.

Allen appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court last May on three charges contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977.

This followed the seizure by gardai of €30,000 worth of cannabis and a small quantity of cocaine in east Cork last year.

The charges involved possession and possession for sale or supply of drugs, namely cannabis and cocaine, at the Ballymaloe Cookery School last August 30.

All were brought under Sections 3 and 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The possession for sale or supply charge involved cannabis. Allen also faced a charge of possession of cocaine at the cookery school.

Joshua with his mum Rachel
Joshua with his mum Rachel

The most serious count involved the charge that Allen had possession for sale or supply of a controlled drug, namely cannabis, with a value in excess of €13,000, at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, contrary to Section 15(A) of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A conviction under this section of the act can, in certain circumstances, involve a sentence of 10 years. The final charge involved possession of cannabis at Ballinamona, Shanagarry, Co Cork, last September 5.

Allen appeared on signed pleas of guilty to the charges from Midleton District Court where he was first charged last April.

The defendant, who will turn 20 in November, lives at the Shanagarry address.

The court was told that expert reports would be required to help with sentencing.

Gardai had no objection to the defendant being remanded on continuing bail.

Allen must sign on at Midleton Garda Station three times each week.

The teenager previously surrendered his passport and undertook not to apply for new travel documents.

Devastated

He must also remain in the jurisdiction and continue to reside at Ballinamona, Shanagarry.

Allen is the grandson of Darina Allen and the great-grandson of the late Myrtle Allen, founder of the Ballymaloe business in east Cork.

After his arrest, his parents issued a statement in which they said they were "absolutely devastated" by what had happened.

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