A MECHANIC taught himself how to grow cannabis plants from an instructional video he found on the internet, a court heard.
Alan McGrath (29) was self-medicating with cannabis to help him sleep at night but did not want to buy the drug off street dealers.
As a result, he bought the cannabis seeds and was trying to grow a number of plants in his attic.
Judge David McHugh imposed a three-month sentence suspended for one year.
McGrath, of Latchford Row, Ongar, Dublin 15, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis and cultivating the drug without a licence.
Gda Alan Barry said he obtained a search warrant and searched the defendant’s home on May 6. During the search, four cannabis plants were found in a growhouse in an attic room of the house.
The court heard that McGrath, a father of four, had never been in trouble before.
Judge McHugh expressed his concern that McGrath had been growing cannabis while children were in the house, but Gda Barry said they did not have access to the attic room.
Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said McGrath, a qualified mechanic, had been smoking marijuana to help him get to sleep.
He said his client did not like being involved with drug dealers, so he bought the seeds and decided to grow the plants at home.
Mr Fleming said McGrath discovered how to grow the plants from an instructional video he found on the internet.
He said the plants had not reached maturity, and were for McGrath’s own personal use.
Mr Fleming also asked the judge to leave McGrath without a conviction, as he needs garda clearance in his work.
Judge McHugh refused to do so, saying McGrath had shown considerable premeditation in committing the crime.