Actor ‘must complete’ community service

An actor in the RTÉ crime drama Love/Hate actor must finish community service work before he can be considered for the same sanction for storing €2,500 worth of cannabis, a court heard.

Actor ‘must complete’ community service

Dublin District Court was told Leroy Harris, aged 21, was given an “ultimatum” and pressured into storing cannabis to repay a drug debt. Harris, who had a recurring role in the hit RTÉ show, has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis at an address on Rutland St, Dublin 1, on October 8, 2012, and having the drug for the purpose of sale or supply to another on the same date.

Judge Anthony Halpin noted that in an earlier case, last year, Harris was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service in lieu of a six-month sentence for cannabis possession.

Defence solicitor Stephen O’Mahony told Judge Halpin yesterday that Harris has “still not completed those hours” and the Probation Service want him to address that. Judge Halpin has sought an updated probation report on Harris’s suitability for doing another 90 hours community service in lieu of a six-month term.

He remanded him on continuing bail to appear again next week.

Defence solicitor Stephen O’Mahony has told Judge Halpin that Harris “was holding the drugs on behalf of a third party”.

The solicitor said that his client had built up a cannabis debt worth about €1,000 and this happened when Harris was 18. He said Harris had been smoking cannabis recreationally in his teenage years but, as a result of the debt, “he was given an ultimatum” and “he had to hold the drugs or he would face the consequences, he took it on himself to comply”.

Mr O’Mahony asked the court to note that his client had acted in an RTÉ drama but, like a lot of actors, he does not have consistent employment.

One of his scenes was at the centre of a controversy for showing his character filming a friend firing shots from an automatic weapon and killing a cat.

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