A MAN facing sentence for cocaine dealing who told a judge a ‘fairy stories’ about having over €2,000 in cash in his pocket for going to a music festival in Cork went very close to being jailed.
Judge Con O’Leary said that when 26-year-old Luke Ivers of Cahermore Cross, Rosscarbery, County Cork, appeared before him first, charged with having cocaine for sale or supply in Hollyhill, Cork city, the defendant claimed he brought the €2,000 to Cork to go to a music festival.
“I had difficulty in believing him,” Judge O’Leary said yesterday at the sentencing hearing for the June 20, 2018 drug-dealing charge.
Defence solicitor Eddie Burke said the position was that the defendant had the cocaine for his own use and had the money for the purpose of paying off a debt.
“The fairy stories about festivals would encourage me to impose a custodial sentence. He got a break in West Cork, in Clonakilty court (when he avoided jail in another drugs case) and he expects the same care to be given in this court,” the judge said.
Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, said, “I think he took whatever action he could take since he was before the courts. He realised he was living too much of a chaotic lifestyle.” Inspector James Hallahan said the value of the cocaine was €665 and Ivers was prosecuted for having it for sale or supply as well as for his own use. He also had €2,220 cash when gardaí searched him in Hollyhill.
The judge asked where Ivers got the cash to pay his debt. Ivers said he saved some of it and that two family members lent him €500 each.
Judge O’Leary said that he would impose a six-month suspended sentence on the charge of having cocaine for sale or supply. He said he was taking into consideration the confidence that family members had in his ability to turn his life around.