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smoke back mountain Man self-medicated with cannabis after suffering serious back injury, court told

The defendant admitted possession of cannabis on August 11, 2020

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A WAREHOUSE operative caught with a bag of cannabis started self-medicating after he suffered a serious back injury, a court heard.

Alan Moynihan (29) was found with €350 worth of cannabis after gardaí stopped a car on the M50.

Judge Miriam Walsh ordered Moynihan to donate €500 to Blanchardstown Hospice and she struck out the charge.

The defendant, with an address at Deerpark, Ashbourne, Co Meath, admitted possession of cannabis on August 11, 2020.

Garda Alan Barry told Blanchardstown District Court that gardaí stopped a Nissan Micra and during the course of a search found cannabis with a street value of €350.

Trouble

The court heard Moynihan had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Moynihan started buying cannabis after he suffered a back injury, and he started self-medicating to deal with the pain.

Mr Fleming said the defendant had also suffered with anxiety and Crohn's disease in the past. He was on disability but his back injury was getting better and he was nearly able to go back to work.

Judge Walsh told the defendant she paid a "big wodge of money in tax" and she did not think it was a great idea that her taxes were going to support his drug situation.

Judge Walsh said she would give Moynihan a chance and leave him without a conviction if he made a donation to charity.

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