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Cannabis grower who represented himself in court accuses garda of “waffling culchie” at him

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Cannabis grower who represented himself in court accuses garda of “waffling culchie” at him

A man accused of growing cannabis claimed that a garda sergeant was “waffling culchie” at him during a raid on his home.

46-year-old Gerard Stokes also accused gardai of breaking into his house by using a warrant which he said was invalid because of its grammar, reports the Sligo Weekender.

Mr Stokes, who represented himself, conducted a lengthy cross examination on Sergeant Gerry Murphy at Sligo District Court.

The defendant asked the sergeant if he remembered seeing “a red haired girl sprawled across a bed”, to which the sergeant replied that the only females in the house were gardai and neither had red hair.

He then put it to the garda that he was accused of cultivating “plants”, when only one plant was found.

Following this Stokes questioned the validity of the search warrant and the fact that the gardai, who were wearing uniforms, did not show him photo ID.

Stokes claimed that he had the same criteria for identification as the banks.

“I have to have three types of photo ID”, he said.

The defendant then turned his attention directly on sergeant Murphy, who he accused of breaking into his house.

Stokes then told the court that sergeant Murphy was “waffling culchie at me. I don’t do culchie. I am from Dublin and I speak loudly and clearly and this man wasn’t.

When asked by Judge Kevin Kilrane if he wished to give evidence on oath Stokes said that before he would swear on the bible he and the judge “would have to agree on what was in there.”

He also told the judge that “my paperwork says that your paperwork is invalid,” claiming that grammatical errors and the use of prefixes and suffixes, invalidated it.

“If you put a prefix on a word it makes it a lie,” he claimed.

He also took issue with his name being in block capitals on the summons and search warrant, producing his birth cert, showing it to the court and pointing out that his name was not capitalised on the document.

Sligo District Court heard that sergeant Gerry Murphy had received “confidential information” that Stokes was cultivating cannabis at his home in Cloona, Ennscrone.

The sergeant, accompanied by three other gardai, went to the house on the 23rd of August last year.

Upon entering the house Sgt Murphy said he saw a cannabis plant spilled from its pot, on the kitchen floor.

He said that the defendant admitted that it was his and said that he used it for medical reasons.

The sergeant also said that Stokes had clay and a cannabis leaf in his pocket.

The court heard that various pieces of equipment, including an eco-lamp, irrigation pump, 11 empty pots and an empty bag of fertiliser were found on the premises.

Judge Kilrane convicted Stokes and fined him €300, telling him that he would fix recognisances of €300 cash if he wished to appeal, to which the defendant replied: “Don’t worry, I will”.