Drug charge man 'caught TB in custody'
A YOUNG man has claimed he contracted tuberculosis while in custody.
Aaron McGinley (23) was caught by gardai openly smoking a joint on a busy Dublin street, a court heard.
He was searched by a garda who caught a smell of cannabis as he was walking down a street in Swords.
McGinley's solicitor Matthew De Courcy told a court that his client contracted tuberculosis while in custody, but that he is no longer contagious and is receiving treatment for the illness.
Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in November.
Judge Dempsey told McGinley that he will be lenient if the defendant doesn't get into further trouble with gardai.
The defendant, who resides in a Fr Peter McVerry home in Glasnevin, admitted before Swords District Court to possession of cannabis herb.
The offence, contrary to the misuse of drugs act, took place at Main Street in Swords on February 21 last year.
Garda Karl McNamara said he was walking down Swords Main Street around 8pm when he got a smell of cannabis.
Gda McNamara said he saw McGinley smoking a joint.
The garda said he approached McGinley and told him he was searching him under the drugs act.
Gda McNamara said that during the course of the search he found two bags of cannabis herb, with a street value of €240.
The garda said McGinley admitted the cannabis belonged to him and it was for his own personal use.
The court heard that McGinley has 49 previous convictions, though none for drugs.
Defence solicitor Matthew De Courcy said the defendant is originally from Romania but he was adopted by his Irish parents when he was a young boy.
Mr De Courcy said McGinley left school when he was only 12-years-old, and although his parents tried to get him back into a school they failed to do so.
The court heard that McGinley has battled an addiction to cannabis for a number of years.
He fell out with his family as a result of his drug use and was also homeless for a while.
Mr De Courcy said McGinley is now engaging with support services and his use of cannabis has now stabilised.
Mr De Courcy said McGinley wishes to train as a chef, and he asked the judge to leave him without a drugs conviction as he hopes to travel in the future.