A young man who had been fined for drug-dealing was caught carrying out the same crime again and the sentencing judge said the accused believed he could talk his way out of it.
Daniel O’Sullivan of Ryecroft, Maryborough Woods, Douglas, Cork, was caught with cocaine for his own use and also over €1,000 worth of cannabis and a tick-list of customers.
The 23-year-old came before Cork District Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to two counts of having cocaine for his own use and one for having cannabis for sale or supply to others.
O’Sullivan said he had spoken to an occupational therapist and had changed his mind-set as a result. The young man said that before he spoke to the therapist he was not turning up for work and he was using a lot of cannabis on a daily basis.
“After I spoke to him I changed,” he said.
Judge Con O’Leary said, “He really does not understand. He talks his way out of things. He walked out of court the last time (he faced another drug-dealing charge). He has talked his way out of multiple problems over the years. He is very confident, very pleasant, very articulate.”
The defendant said he knew that it would take more that just talking to the therapist and that it would be a long road ahead but that he had made a start.
Defence solicitor, Shane Collins-Daly, said the defendant realised he was facing into difficulty in court, particularly in light of a previous drug-dealing conviction.
Judge O’Leary said he would put the defendant on a probation bond for four months and when that was completed he would see how the defendant was doing.
Inspector Jason Lynch said the offences were detected on November 13 2018 when gardaí obtained a warrant to search the defendant’s home. They found cocaine, cannabis and a tick-list. When interviewed he admitted having the cannabis – valued at €1,100 – for sale or supply.
Insp. Lynch said the defendant had four previous convictions for having drugs for his own use and one for having drugs for sale or supply, for which he got a €750 fine three years ago.
The memo of interview with the accused included the question of who he was going to sell the cannabis to, and the defendant replied, “A few of the lads.”
Mr Collins-Daly said the defendant took cocaine recreationally but smoked a lot of cannabis at the time.
The solicitor said the defendant now “drinks a little and smokes cannabis very occasionally.”