A 26-year-old man caught with €1,200 of drugs for sale at last year’s Electric Picnic was last week given community service in lieu of prison, with Judge Catherine Staines ruling she wanted to verify the man’s claims that he has sought help for his drug addiction.
Lee Cullen, Sligo, was detected at the music festival on August 21 last year, with €800 of ecstasy tablets and 25 bags of speed valued at €400.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court Cullen had eight previous convictions, including drug offences.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Cullen is living at home and is a carer for his mother. At the time of the offence he was heavily involved in both taking drugs and dealing them, and he built up a drug debt. This debt resulted in threats being made against his life, with bullets put through his letterbox. Mr Meagher said this incident had been reported to the gardaí in Sligo.
Mr Meagher went on to say that Cullen was attending for treatment in Sligo to deal with his drink and drug issues, and had cut all connections with his previous associates.
Judge Staines said she wanted to verify what Cullen had said through his solicitor, and put the matter back to March 5 next year for probation and community service reports.
The judge imposed 240 hours’ community service on Cullen, in lieu of ten months in prison.