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On bail Joshua Allen's appeal against cocaine possession conviction to be heard in December

Judge Alec Gabbett jailed Mr Allen for two months having convicted him of the offence.

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Joshua Allen

Joshua Allen

Joshua Allen

Joshua Allen, the eldest son of well-known chef Rachel Allen, is to have an appeal against his conviction for minor drug possession heard in December. 

Mr Allen (21) of Ballinamona in Shanagary, Co Cork is on bail pending the appeal which followed his conviction for possession of €280 of cocaine in East Cork.

He had pleaded not guilty to a charge that on July 10, 2020, at the Pontoon, Midleton, Co Cork he had unlawfully in his possession a controlled drug, namely cocaine contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Last week Judge Alec Gabbett jailed Mr Allen for two months having convicted him of the offence. Defence solicitor Don Ryan lodged an immediate appeal and bail was granted in the case.

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Joshua Allen in 2019

Joshua Allen in 2019

Joshua Allen in 2019

Mr Allen had been released from prison just over a month before the offence took place.

The conviction is a triggering offence in respect of an outstanding suspended sentence over a previous drugs matter.

Mr Allen appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court today in relation to his outstanding suspended sentence. That case has now been re-entered into the list.

The Court was told that an adjournment was necessary pending the hearing of the appeal in the minor drugs possession case in December.

Mr Allen’s case will now be listed on February 1st, 2022, next at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. The court will rule on a 15-month suspended sentence which Allen faces from a previous and separate 2019 cannabis conviction.

Mr Allen has six previous convictions for drugs related offences all arising from a single incident two years ago.

Mr Allen had received a 15-month custodial sentence with 15 months suspended at Circuit Court level in 2020 after he pleaded guilty to possession of over €22,000 worth of cannabis for sale and supply.

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The case for which Mr Allen received a two-month sentence last week involved an incident at about 11.25pm on July 10th, 2020, in Midleton.

He had entered a not guilty plea in relation to this offence and still maintains his innocence. He is currently on bail.

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