A 29-YEAR-old Youghal man admitted dealing €1,000 worth of drugs every week to clear a drugs debt after gardaí caught him with €13,000 worth of cannabis at his home.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin noted the counselling and other efforts to rehabilitate being made by David Twomey since he was caught in September last year.
At Cork Circuit Criminal Court the judge said: “Perhaps he deserves a chance. I will measure a sentence of two years suspended for two years.”
Twomey appeared for sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court where he previously pleaded guilty to a charge that on September 26, 2018, at his home at Ard Na Mara, Magner’s Hill, Youghal, he had cannabis for sale or supply.
Peter O’Flynn, defence barrister, said the 29-year-old had long term mental health issues and was presently addressing addiction problems. Mr O’Flynn said Twomey was attending for urinalysis showing he was clear of cannabis. He also attended counselling and was about to return to education with a view to securing employment.
Detective Garda Kieran Crowley said the defendant had several convictions from the district court for having drugs for his own use.
Det Garda Crowley said gardaí had information about Twomey being involved in drug-dealing in Youghal and conducted a search of his home on September 26 last year and they seized €13,400 worth of cannabis, as well as weighing scales and zip-lock bags.
He made admission as the scene, declaring: “It is mine, I am selling it.” He told gardaí he had a €10,000 drugs debt and was selling €1,000 worth of drugs a week to clear it.” The detective agreed with Mr O’Flynn that the accused had behaved himself and was not involved with drugs since this seizure last year.
The judge was told that the accused experienced trauma in childhood and began using cannabis as a response to this.