Man with cannabis tried to stay at Garda station

A Tralee man who grew cannabis in Mayo could find no place to stay on a journey to Mallow so he called to the local Garda station looking to stay there — with a bag of homegrown cannabis in his hand.

Shane O’Connor, aged 42, of Attymass, Ballina, pleaded guilty to the charge of having cannabis in his possession for sale or supply at Mallow Garda Station on July 31 last.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the circumstances of this case were highly unusual and somewhat bizarre. He said a one-year suspended sentence was appropriate.

O’Connor was on his way to deliver the cannabis to a friend. He got as far as Mallow where he decided to stay the night.

Sergeant Michael Corbett confirmed to Donal McCarthy, prosecuting, that O’Connor had sought accommodation at local hotels and guesthouses but everywhere seemed to be booked out, so he presented himself at the public office of Mallow Garda Station and asked if he could stay there.

The offence could hardly have been easier to detect as he was carrying the cannabis in a bag. When questioned, he co-operated in full.

Ray Boland, defending, said the accused had since attended addiction treatment at Bruree, Co Limerick, where he is staying and helping out at its deli.


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