A Ballinakill man who claimed he was being forced to sell drugs to clear a drug debt after his family were threatened has been placed on probation for 12 months.
Daniel Delaney (28), 8 Chapel Street, Ballinakill, was charged with drug possession, and having drugs for sale or supply.
When the case first came before the district court, State’s evidence outlined that on March 11, 2016, the gardaí searched the accused’s home. The accused was not present at the time and the gardaí found in his bedroom €3,000 of cannabis and €500 of cocaine. A tick list was also found.
The accused had 17 previous convictions, including drugs, road traffic offences and criminal damage.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had built up a drug debt and to work off the debt the drugs were left with him to sell, with all the profits to go to a certain individual.
Inspector Ollie Baker confirmed that the garda investigation had concluded the accused was holding the drugs and selling them for someone else.
Mr Meagher said the accused felt compromised, as he had a young family and threats were made towards him. The accused has now disassociated himself from his previous associates and is completely clean of drugs, with no new prosecutions pending.
Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case for a probation report, and when the case returned to court last week, Judge Staines noted there was a very positive report on the accused.
She said she would not ask him to do community service as it was more important for him to finish the welding course he is doing.
The judge applied a 12-month probation order on the accused.