Cork man with 114 previous convictions caught with drugs for eighth time

Cork man with 114 previous convictions caught with drugs for eighth time

The Courthouse on Anglesea Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

A YOUNG man who was caught with drugs for the eight time was given a four-month suspended jail term.

Darren Coffey of Brandon Court, Dillon’s Cross, Cork, pleaded guilty to the offence at Cork District Court.

Sergeant Pat Lyons said the facts of the case were that on the afternoon of August 19, 2019 Darren Coffey was observed by gardaí on Dunbar Street, Cork.

“He had a brown resin substance in his hand. It was a small amount of cannabis resin. He admitted possession of the item for his own personal use,” Sgt. Lyons said at Cork District Court.

The sergeant said the accused man had 114 previous convictions including seven previous counts of having drugs for his own use.

Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, said that since this incident occurred the defendant, Darren Coffey, had served a prison sentence.

“Since then he went to Arbour House and he is clear of drugs now, apart from Methadone,” Mr Burke said.

Judge Olann Kelleher said that in light of the claim that the accused was clear of drugs he would not impose a jail sentence. A custodial sentence could have been imposed because the defendant had more than three previous convictions for having drugs for his own use.

Judge Kelleher imposed a sentence of four months imprisonment which he suspended on condition that Coffey would keep the peace for the next two years.

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