Dad took advantage of trip to Dublin hospital to buy cannabis

A FATHER who was on his way to a hospital appointment with his son also took the opportunity to buy cannabis while in Dublin, a court has heard.

eargal Pleimean (60) had planned to share cannabis with a couple of friends for a few months.

Judge Gerard Jones ordered Pleimean to donate €1,000 to Pieta House and said he would leave it without a conviction.

The defendant, domiciled in Pairc na Haluine, Buncrana, Co Donegal, admitted to possessing cannabis for sale or supply at Cappagh Road in Finglas on August 19, 2021.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardaí were operating a checkpoint when they stopped a black Audi A3.

Sgt Callaghan said there was an overpowering smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle, and when the car was searched, Gardaí found a quantity of cannabis in a cash deposit envelope hidden in the side pocket of a sport bag.

Sgt Callaghan said the cannabis had a market value of €850.

Mr Pleimean cooperated fully with the gardaí and admitted to being in possession of the cannabis, the sergeant added.

The court heard that Mr Pleimean had already been convicted twice, but had not had any issues for more than a decade.

Defense barrister Simon Fleming said Mr Pleimean accepted the cannabis valuation but only paid €300 for it.

Mr Fleming said Mr Pleimean was attending a hospital appointment with his son in Dublin and took the opportunity to collect the cannabis.

The lawyer said Mr Pleimean, who is not currently working, had previously worked as a driver and had worked abroad..

The accused was completing an English language course and hoped to work in Sudan. He was supposed to go to Sudan but the political situation had deteriorated and he was unable to travel.

Mr Fleming asked the judge to leave Mr Pleimean without a conviction because a conviction would impact his ability to teach on board.

Mr Pleimean had €500 in court, but Judge Jones said he would demand a donation of €1,000. The judge adjourned the case in May to allow Mr Pleimean to bring the money to court.

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