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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Football player was 'dabbling' in cannabis

Luke Murray (18) admitted before Swords District Court to unlawful possession of cannabis. (stock photo)
Luke Murray (18) admitted before Swords District Court to unlawful possession of cannabis. (stock photo)

A soccer player caught with €50 worth of cannabis has been told by a judge to "take the opportunity" he was getting after his case was struck out.

Luke Murray (18) made a charitable donation of €300 to Fingal Bereaved by Suicide.

He also produced a clear urine analysis which proved he had stopped "dabbling" in the drug.

The defendant, of Rose Glen Avenue in Kilbarrack, admitted before Swords District Court to unlawful possession of cannabis at Coolock Garda Station on September 17, 2017.

Upset

The court heard Murray was taken to the garda station and searched. He told gardai he and a friend were dabbling in the drug at the time and he now realised the upset and worry he had caused his parents.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the defendant was very sorry.

"He regrets it and the shock and trauma of being in court has frightened him," said Ms Kealy. She said he had "resolved not to take cannabis again".

Murray played for Kilbarrack United and hoped to become an electrician after his Leaving Certificate.

Judge Dermot Dempsey struck the case out.

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