Polish national was growing cannabis plants worth a potential €21,600 for his own use

Gregor Mazerkiewicz
Gregor Mazerkiewicz

A Polish national who was caught growing cannabis plants worth a potential €21,600 for his own use has received a two and a half year suspended sentence.

Garda Sean Byrnes told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court he accepted that Gregor Mazerkiewicz (27) had been growing the 27 plants in order to smoke the cannabis yield himself.

Mazerkiewicz, of Fairview Mews, Fairview Strand, Dublin  pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis at his home on June 26, 2014. He has no previous convictions.

Gda Byrnes told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that he and colleagues with confidential information found the plants in a tent set up as a grow house in a back bedroom of the flat.

Gardai also found 7.8g of amphetamine worth €105 in the kitchen.

Gda Byrnes explained that though the plants were at various stages of development, each one had a value of €800 because of its potential to yield cannabis.

He agreed with John Fitzgerald BL, defending, that not all of the plants seized would have been viable as only the female specimens produce cannabis.

He further agreed that Mazerkiewicz was candid and co-operative during interview.

Mr Fitzgerald submitted to Judge Martin Nolan that a combination of addiction and Ireland's deteriorating economy caused his client to lose his job.

He said Mazerkiewicz has “learnt his lesson” and no longer smokes cannabis.

Judge Nolan accepted this and suspended the sentence for two and a half years.