A man who appeared before last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act was ordered to pay €300 into the court poor box following a hearing into the matter.
Adrian Clyne, Bawn, Moydow, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with being in unlawful possession of cannabis at Bawn, Moydow on August 19, 2016.
Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Blathaín Moran said that on the date of the incident, gardaí discovered €20 worth of the drug in the defendant’s possession.
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Trish Cronin said that her client had “twigs and one leaf” of the cannabis at the time of the incident.
“It was very little,” she added, before pointing out that the items had been in her client’s house for “a lengthy period of time”.
“He is 38-years-old and did smoke cannabis for a period of time in the past.
“He no longer does so and is very apologetic over what has happened.”
The defendant then addressed the court.
He said he had the items in a drawer at his house for the last couple of years and had actually intended to throw them out, but had not gotten around to doing so.
During his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes ordered the defendant to pay €300 into the court poor box.
“Most of the money that is being donated to the court poor box is coming from druggies,” the Judge declared before pointing to the thousands of Euros that was being distributed to worthy causes in Longford, Athlone and Mullingar from the court’s source.
“If we got the druggies to pay for services in this country, that would work,” the Judge said before concluding maters.