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Canna believe it Judge dismisses ‘cock and bull story’ from butcher caught with €700 of cannabis and weighing scales

When asked by Judge Dempsey why he would need scales if he wasn’t selling the drug, the defendant replied: “I wanted to split it equally in three.”

Stephan Fitzpatrick at Balbriggan District Court

Stephan Fitzpatrick at Balbriggan District Court


April 29 2021 01:31 PM

A BUTCHER who was caught with €700 worth of cannabis and weighing scales at his home claimed he wasn’t selling the drug on the street but sharing it among two of his friends.

Stephan Fitzpatrick (38) also claimed the weighing scales were to “split the drugs equally” among the three of them, Balbriggan District Court heard.

However, Judge Dermot Dempsey said he did not accept that and remarked “Does he think this is the first time I heard such a cock and bull story,” before handing him a four month suspended prison sentence.

The defendant, of Cois Tra in Rush, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of 35grams of cannabis and being in possession of cannabis for sale or supply cannabis, worth €700 at his home address on February 18.

He has ten previous convictions including a previous for being in unlawful possession of drugs.

Sergeant Terri Ferguson told the court Balbriggan Drugs Unit obtained a warrant and searched the defendant’s home. The defendant told gardai he had cannabis upstairs, the court heard.

The cannabis and weighing scales were located and seized and the defendant admitted ownership of the drug.

Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said the defendant, who works as a butcher, was one of three people to share the cannabis.

“He was not selling on the street and he has stopped smoking cannabis now,” said Ms D’Arcy, adding the defendant is “throwing himself at the mercy of the court.”

When asked by Judge Dempsey why he would need scales if he wasn’t selling the drug, the defendant replied: “I wanted to split it equally in three.”

However, Judge Dempsey said he did not accept the excuse and noted the defendant has a previous drugs conviction.

“Does he think this is the first time I heard such a cock and bull story?” the judge remarked and handed down the four month prison sentence which he suspended for two years.

The judge also convicted and fined the defendant €300 for being in unlawful possession of the drug.

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