‘Love/Hate’ actor accused of dealing cannabis

A young actor who featured in the controversial cat-killing scene in the hit crime series Love/Hate has appeared in court accused of cannabis dealing.

Leroy Harris, 19, has been given three weeks to consider how he will plead after he was charged with unlawful possession of a quantity of cannabis worth €110, and having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply, at Sheriff St, Dublin, on Oct 14 last.

The actor had been stopped by gardaí near his home.

Dressed in a red jumper, navy tracksuit bottoms, and blue runners, he remained silent during the brief hearing. A plea has not yet been indicated.

Judge Cormac Dunne was told by a court sergeant the DPP had directed the case should be dealt with at district court level. The only details given in relation to the allegations were that the case involved drugs “value €110, cannabis herb”.

Judge Dunne accepted jurisdiction and agreed to a request from defence solicitor Cahir O’Higgins to adjourn the case to allow time for the prosecution to hand over a summary of its evidence.

There was no objection to bail and legal aid was granted after the court heard the 19-year-old was unemployed. Mr Harris was ordered to appear again in three weeks when he will be expected to enter a plea.

The budding actor, who has an address at from Mariner’s Port, Dublin, is set to make more appearances in episodes of RTÉ’s hit. His role in the shocking opening scene of the current 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 Harris 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 the short hearing yesterday, his solicitor, Mr O’Higgins, told reporters that his client was “anxious to conduct himself in a way that would not jeopardise his future”.


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