€170k drugs haul pair ‘as different as chalk and cheese’, says judge

€170k drugs haul pair ‘as different as chalk and cheese’, says judge

OVER €170,000 worth of cannabis was seized at a house in Dunmanway, Co Cork, over three years ago and now the judge has said that a 22-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man who admitted their parts in the crime were “as different as chalk and cheese”.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin put the young woman’s sentencing back to November, with her on bail. However, he remanded the man in custody until July for sentencing.

James Varty, aged 40, pleaded guilty to having more than €13,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply at Derragh, Dunmanway, on January 18, 2016.

Abi Farthing, aged 22, pleaded guilty to the same charge at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge noted that the defendants went to Portugal after the drugs were discovered and that the authorities had succeeded in bringing them back to Ireland.

Notwithstanding the fact that Farthing absconded, the judge noted that the prosecution was not objecting to her being remanded on bail until November 6. Her senior counsel, Elizabeth O’Connell, said the defendant was only 18 at the time the drugs were found. She said the accused had no previous convictions. 

Judge Ó Donnabháin said: “She has already absconded but the State is not objecting to her being on bail. In those peculiar circumstances I will remand her on bail. I will direct a probation report.”

He remanded Varty in custody until July 2.

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