Cork man caught with €10k of drugs fled to Australia

Cork man caught with €10k of drugs fled to Australia

He admitted that he was holding cannabis herb and resin. Stock image

A Cork man who was extradited from Australia to face charges of dealing over €10,000 worth of drugs in Cork almost ten years ago was released from custody today.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed an 18-month jail term on John Noonan today backdated to when he went into custody in Australia in June.

Donal O’Sullivan, defence barrister, stressed that the accused man was very young when he committed the crime in 2009.

Mr Noonan, now 31, entered signed pleas of guilty to the charges of having cannabis for sale or supply when he made his first appearance in court back in Cork.

At Cork Circuit Criminal Court today, Mr O’Sullivan  said the accused had led a blameless life as he worked hard in Australia and elsewhere since the time of the offences.

He was before the court in relation to drugs offences committed ten years ago when he was living at 3 Ravenscourt Avenue, Donnybrook, Cork.

Detective Garda Seán Minihane said Noonan was questioned at the time after the search by gardaí on December 19, 2009.

He admitted that he was holding cannabis herb and resin and had a smaller amount of it the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply.

Detective Garda Minihane stated that defendant’s vehicle was searched and that €10,800 worth of drugs was seized. 

The accused left the jurisdiction shortly after being questioned.

He was in the UK, New Zealand and Australia since that time.

“He was arrested in Australia when his passport was checked (at an airport),” Det. Garda Minihane said.

He was 21 years old at the time of the drugs offences and his decision to flee.

Judge Ó Donnabháin took into consideration the fact that the accused had been working all of the time since the offence was committed and not coming to the attention of police in those countries. 

The sentence was backdated to June 15 and the balance of the 18 months was suspended from today.

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