'Love/Hate' actor admits drug-dealing charge

'Love/Hate' actor admits drug-dealing charge
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A young actor, who featured in the controversial cat-killing scene in 'Love/Hate', has been remanded on bail pending sentence after he pleaded guilty to a cannabis dealing charge.

Today, Leroy Harris (aged 19) admitted being in unlawful possession of a quantity of cannabis worth €100, and having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply, at Sheriff Street, in north inner city Dublin, on October 14 last.

The young actor, who has no prior criminal convictions, had been caught with two packets of cannabis, Dublin District court heard.

He was searched in a premises by gardaí after had been seen spotted putting a suspected drugs package down his trousers.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said the 19-year-old had the cannabis for friends.

He told Judge Michael Walsh that Harris had taken up acting in Marino College when he was in his fifth year and has great potential for the future.

Mr O'Higgins said Harris was very lucky “to secure a role in a very prominent drama on RTÉ” and this could open up doors for his acting career.

Pleading for leniency, he also said that it is important that Harris would be able to travel.

“A conviction might prejudice his capacity to travel,” the lawyer said.

The court also heard that in his spare time Harris teaches acting to youngsters on a voluntary basis.

“If the court could see any way to leave him without a conviction, he will grasp that opportunity with both hands,” said Mr O'Higgins.

Judge Walsh adjourned sentencing until a date in January to allow time for probation report on the 19-year-old to be prepared and furnished to the court.

Dressed in black jacket, runners and grey tracksuit bottoms, he did not address the court and has been remanded on continuing bail.

The budding actor, who has an address at from Mariner's Port, Dublin, featured in the latest season of the hit RTÉ crime drama 'Love/Hate'.

His role in the shocking opening scene of the series was at the centre of a controversy for its graphic depiction of his on-screen character, Glen, filming his friend Wayne firing shots from an automatic weapon and killing a cat.

Previously he had earned a nomination for an award from the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) for his role in the RTÉ series 'Prosperity' where he played the role a teenager bullied because he had a stammer.

Following an earlier hearing, on November 5 last, when Harris made his first court appearance, his solicitor Mr O'Higgins had told reporters that his client is “very respectful of the court process and court procedures and is anxious to conduct himself in a way that would not jeopardise his future.”

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