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A MAN caught with five bags of cannabis when gardaí searched him in Dublin city centre was going to share it with his girlfriend, a court heard.

Paul Valentini (31) and his girlfriend had just "put together their resources" to buy the drugs when gardaí spotted her smoking cannabis on the street.

Judge Bryan Smyth fined Valentini €200 when at Dublin District Court.

Valentini, with an address at the Fr Peter McVerry Trust in Cabra, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Garda Sergeant Michelle Lynch said the accused was seen acting in a suspicious manner on Parnell Street on February 5, 2018.

He was with another person who was openly smoking cannabis and both parties were searched.

The accused had five bags of cannabis on him, worth €160.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said it had been a shared purchase and Velentini and his girlfriend had put together their resources to buy it.

His girlfriend was the person smoking on the street, Ms Bambury said.

Valentini functioned in the lower range of intellectual ability, the court heard. It was the first relationship he had been in.

The accused was in receipt of disability benefit.

After noting that the case was one of "supply rather than sale," Judge Smyth imposed a fine.

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