Paul Bourke had a good job, good Education, and yet Drugs and Gambling took its Grip? Now he lost all, especially his Freedom. Drugs have no Boundaries???

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Former Apple agent jailed after claiming to be storing cocaine for dealer to pay off gambling debts

  • 15 Jan 2021, 21:34
  • Updated: 15 Jan 2021, 21:34

A FORMER technical support agent for Apple, who claimed he was storing cocaine for a dealer to pay off gambling debts, has been jailed.

Paul Bourke, 37, had never been in trouble with the law before he was caught with over €32,000 worth of cocaine, which gardai seized at Pope’s Quay in Cork on December 21, 2018.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court
Cork Circuit Criminal CourtCredit: Alamy
Judge Sean O’Donnabhain
Judge Sean O’Donnabhain

Detective Garda Robert Kennedy told Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday that gardai had received ­confidential information in relation to Mr Bourke.

They observed him leaving his apartment in Coppinger’s Quay, Cork, and spotted him exiting a van with a parcel.

The package contained cocaine with a street value of €32,515. Cannabis valued at €814 was also recovered.

Bourke was arrested and detained at Mayfield Garda Station in Cork.

He readily admitted his involvement in the crime and said that he was storing the cocaine to pay off a €1,000 gambling debt.

Sinead Behan, defending, also said her client had carried out this transaction in a bid to pay off the debt.

She said Bourke had come to court with a certificate proving a clear urine analysis and had received a “sharp shock” having been in ­custody pending sentencing since November 2020.

She said the DIT graduate, who also studied electrical engineering at UCC, had seen his life go on a downward spiral arising out of his ­gambling debt.  

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