Former Cork City footballer jailed for two and a half years for dealing cocaine
19-year-old Elyjas Eshaji pleaded guilty to having cocaine for sale or supply on June 16, 2021, at New Road, Kinsale, Co. Cork.
Neasa CumiskeySunday World
A former Cork City footballer has been jailed for two and a half years for dealing cocaine.
Elyjas Eshaji (19) of Jamesfort Avenue, Kinsale Manor, Kinsale appeared before the Cork Circuit Criminal Court via video link from prison where Judge Sarah Berkeley imposed a sentence of three years with the last six months suspended.
Defence barrister Ray Boland requested for sentencing to be adjourned until October to allow Eshaji to turn his life around.
Judge Berkeley refused this appeal and noted that gardaí described him as a cocaine dealer when he was caught with the drugs, adding that he was clearly not storing them for someone else.
During the hearing, Mr Boland SC said that the young man no longer plays for Cork City Football Club and added that his drug use affected his sporting career.
“He has a girlfriend with whom he is expecting a child. He is not working at present. He trained and worked as a barber,” Mr Boland said.
Judge Berkeley said: “He has not got a job and he is expecting a child.