‘Apprentice’ winner faces cocaine and public-order charges

CourtsBy Sunday World
Michelle Massey
Michelle Massey

A former star of TV3’s ‘The Apprentice' has appeared before Dun Laoghaire District court on drug and public-order charges.

Michelle Massey (34) was allegedly found with a small quantity of cocaine after gardaí brought her to Blackrock Garda Station in May of last year.

Judge Gráinne O'Neill adjourned the matter to a date in February for the attention of Judge Anne Watkin, who previously dealt with the case.

The defendant, with an address at Corrig Hall, Ticknock Hill in Sandyford, appeared before Dún Laoghaire District Court, accused of public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The breach of the peace, contrary to the public order act, allegedly took place at Taney Road in Dundrum on May 1st, 2015.

She is also charged with possession of cocaine at Blackrock Garda Station on the same date.

The case was before the court yesterday for an updated probation report, after Judge Watkin had raised a number of matters from the initial probation report.

Defence solicitor Richard Young told the sitting judge, Judge O'Neill, that Judge Watkin had been dealing with the case and he believed it was appropriate that she should finalise matters. He also told the court that Ms Massey is working.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann consented to an adjournment to a date in February.

He said the prosecuting garda should be in court on the next date, as the defendant "has an issue with something in the probation report and we need the garda in court."

Judge O'Neill adjourned the matter for five weeks and noted that the prosecuting garda is expected to be in court on the next date.

Ms Massey, a former sales consultant from Peterborough in England, won the third series of the Irish version of 'The Apprentice' in 2010. Her prize at the time was a one-year €100,000 contract working for Bill Cullen.

According to her LinkedIn profile, she now works as senior account manager for a US multinational.