Saturday 20 January 2018

Youth tossed ecstasy tablets out of window

Ecstasy tablets. File picture
Ecstasy tablets. File picture

A YOUNG man who threw ecstasy tablets out of his bedroom window while gardai were searching his home has been given "one final opportunity" by a judge.

Anthony Byrne (21) was placed on a probation bond for a year by Judge Dermot Dempsey after a satisfactory report was handed into court.

Byrne, of Edenmore Avenue, Coolock, pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to the unlawful possession of ecstasy tablets at his home last July 8.

Gda Janice Gray told the court that she was conducting a search of Byrne's home under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

She said that while she was searching his bedroom, Byrne was standing at the window and threw three ecstasy tablets out of it.

She said gardai managed to recover the tablets.

Byrne, who has six previous convictions for drugs, admitted ownership of the tablets and said they were for his own use.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said Byrne had a drug addiction which at the time he had not properly addressed.

At a previous court sitting, Judge Dempsey had warned him he was facing a spell in custody unless excellent reports were handed in to court.

Mr Jackson said Byrne has been liaising with a drug intervention team and "a good report" had been compiled.

He also handed in a positive report from the Probation and Welfare Service. "He is willing to abide by any conditions that might be imposed today," Mr Jackson told the judge.

Judge Dempsey noted the reports that were handed in were satisfactory and said he would give Byrne "one final opportunity".

"He seems to be making a genuine effort," he said.

He placed Byrne on the probation bond and ordered that he engage in drug treatment.

He must also advise the service of any changes in his circumstances.

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