Drug offender given ultimatum: Return to Poland or go to jail

Drug offender given ultimatum: Return to Poland or go to jail
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A man caught growing a large amount of cannabis in Midleton was given a three-year jail term yesterday which was suspended on condition that he would return home to Poland within the fortnight.

Konstantyn Pererwa came before Cork Circuit Criminal Court for sentencing yesterday. He had pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis on March 2 2015 at his home at Woodview Lawn, Saleen, Midleton.

He also admitted the more serious charge of having the drugs at a time when their street value exceeded €13,000.

The defendant had been in custody pending sentence for the drugs crimes. However, Siobhán Lankford, defending, said the accused was anxious to leave Ireland and rehabilitate himself in Poland.

Ms Lankford suggested the prosecution was not opposed to the defendant leaving Ireland, and this was confirmed yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin was told that the gardaí did not expect Pererwa to come to garda attention in the future.

Donal McCarthy, prosecuting, said: “If he went away and stayed away the gardaí would not object. He had no previous convictions and he co-operated with gardaí.”

The sentencing had been adjourned until yesterday for the defence to make arrangements for the defendant to fly back to Poland. Ms Lankford said a one-way ticket had been booked for the defendant to fly to Poland on July 9.

Judge Ó Donnabháin accepted that the prospects for the defendant to rehabilitate would be enhanced by living in his own country. The judge imposed a sentence of three years, suspended on condition that the accused would not return to Ireland for at least five years.

Pererwa left Ireland shortly after the offence was detected. He was arrested recently on a European arrest warrant and brought back to face charges.

Ms Lankford said he pleaded guilty immediately on his return to Ireland and did not try to obstruct the extradition process.

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