Derek Lowes, aged 33, of Reentrisk, Allihies, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to two drugs offences at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Both counts related to a drugs search conducted at his home in Allihies by gardaí with a search warrant on Sept 7, 2011.
Lowes pleaded guilty to possession of the drug and cultivation of it.
Judge David Riordan asked at the sentencing hearing, “Would a custodial sentence benefit Mr Lowes or society? I think in all the circumstances it would not.
“However, the threat of a custodial sentence has its own coercive effect.”
The judge then imposed a two-year sentence suspended on condition that the defendant would keep the peace for four years on the cultivation charge.
On the cannabis possession charge — Lowes’s third such offence — the judge said he could do 240 hours of community service instead of 12 months in prison, on being found suitable for such work by the probation service.