ELECTRIC Picnic revellers have once again done their indirect bit for charity, as around 30 people were last week ordered to make donations to the District Court poor box having been charged with drug offences arising from this annual music festival.
As with all previous years, most defendants were given a chance to avoid a formal conviction by making a charitable donation in return for their charges being struck out. However, Judge Catherine Staines reminded everyone that this is there one and only opportunity to avoid a conviction, as the gardaí will keep a list of all names and addresses and any future offences will warrant a sentence.
The average amount given was €300, although one person facing three separate charges of drug possession was ordered to pay €400. In total, around €5,700 was given to the court poor box and charities which will benefit included the local St Vincent de Paul and One in Four, which supports victims of sexual abuse. A number of people who had previous convictions for drugs received a conviction and were fined.
Garda Pat Scully told the court that the majority of cases involved cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and mephedrone.
A few cases were adjourned for the defendants to make payment.