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06 Oct 2022

Prison sentence for Kilkenny man who failed to complete community service order

Prison sentence for Kilkenny man who failed to complete community service order

Kilkenny Courthouse

A three-month prison sentence was imposed on a defendant who failed to complete a community service order.
Clinton Morris, 21 O’Loughlin Court, Kilkenny was previously convicted of attempt to commit theft and trespass at an address at in the Johnswell Road area of Kilkenny City and a community service order of 80 hours was imposed.
Judge Geraldine Carthy remarked to the court that 12 hours had been completed out of the 80 hours and imposed a three month sentence in lieu of the outstanding charges.
Inspector Barry Smith also gave evidence of a garda search at a premises on November 9, 2020.
Inspector Smith said that gardaí searched a premises on the date in question and a quantity of cannabis was seized with an estimated value of €250. Plastic bags and weighing scales were also seized.
The court heard that the defendant has a number of previous convictions.
Solicitor Chris Hogan said that his client ‘has not been in any difficulty since’ the offence and ‘at the time had a drug debt’.
“He had his head in the sand. He is now working in traffic management and the debt has been repaid,” he said.
“He is no longer under threat which has allowed him to get back on track,” added Mr Hogan.
The court heard that the defendant has apologised for his offending behaviour.
The court also heard that the defendant admitted criminal damage at the Potato Market in Carlow and to theft at the Market Yard on November 21, 2021. The defendant also admitted to possession of drugs for personal use at Kilkenny Garda Station on November 21, 2021. All these matters were taken into consideration by the judge. Monies were also repaid for the loss in relation to the theft.
Judge Carthy convicted the defendant of having drugs in his possession for sale or supply to others under section 15 of The Misuse of Drugs Act and imposed an eight month sentence which she suspended for a period of 18 months subject to conditions.

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