Ireland: Court of Appeal: Appeal against three-year sentence for cultivating €39,000 worth of cannabis plants dismissed

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Irish Legal News reports The appellant argued that the sentence was excessive having regard to his personal circumstances and that appropriate allowance was not given for the mitigating factors in the case. It was also stated that the trial judge erred in ruling that the appellant was “dealing drugs for profit.” However, the court was satisfied that the trial judge properly applied the law relating to sentencing. Background In September 2019, gardaí attended the appellant’s address in Ballinasloe, County Galway on foot of a search warrant. They noted a strong smell of cannabis coming from the property and found that the entire upstairs had been converted into a cannabis grow house. Several walls were knocked through to create a large room sealed off by plastic sheeting with hydration and air filtration systems to assist growth. The gardaí recovered 49 cannabis plants which had an estimated value of €39,200. The appellant was interviewed and accepted responsibility. He entered an early plea of guilty in the case. At the sentencing hearing, the appellant relied on several factors in mitigation. It was submitted that he was a 52-year-old man who had a difficult upbringing, having lived in a care home in Wales from a young age. He had a number of previous convictions, although all were old convictions and did not relate to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977. The appellant had worked in several jobs throughout his life, eventually becoming involved in the pub industry. The appellant sold a pub in 2016 and moved to Galway to assist a support group call the Tuam Home Survivors Network. He continued providing assistance to the support group even though his savings dissipated over time. Subsequently, he borrowed money from third parties on the condition that he allowed his rented property to be used as a…

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