Man (60) caught with three cannabis plants suffered from ‘anxiety issues’

A MAN has admitted to growing cannabis in his home after Gardaí searched the house and found three cultivated plants.

Ermot McAuliffe (60) accepted responsibility for the plants despite being used by multiple people, a court heard.

Judge Gerard Jones imposed a year-long peace bond on him in Dublin District Court after hearing that McAuliffe suffered from “anxiety problems”.

McAuliffe, of Holywell Crescent South, Swords, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to growing cannabis.

Dublin District Court heard Gardaí search the warrant address on September 18, 2020.

A garda told Judge Jones cannabis plants worth €800 were found during the search and the defendant had accepted ownership.

The warrant used to enter the home was not requested in relation to McAuliffe, but to someone else who resided there, his attorney Brian Doherty said. The discovery of the plants was “incidental to the original search warrant”, he said.

The accused had worked as a driver and more recently in a hotel, the court heard.

The plants had little or no value because the buds had not developed, Mr Doherty told the court.

It was “not a business venture” and involved a few people in the house, one of whom was now deceased, the court heard.

Mr. Doherty asked the judge to be as lenient as possible.

Placing the defendant on bail of €100, the judge said he would “leave it at that”.

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