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Man hid drugs in his child’s cot

Man hid drugs in his child’s cot

A Castlebar man who was found with a quantity of cannabis in his child’s cot and breached a safety order a number of times was jailed for six months by Judge Mary Devins at last week’s sitting in Castlebar District Court.
The house of Thomas McDonagh of 40 Aglish Estate, Castlebar was searched on April 13, 2011 under the Misuse of Drugs Act after Garda Seán Ryan of Castlebar Garda Station received information and obtained a search warrant.
When Garda Ryan went upstairs in the residence he searched a child’s cot and he subsequently found a quantity of cannabis with a street value of €155.21 concealed within the cot.
The defendant also appeared in relation to two breaches of a safety order which occurred on December 22 last and February 7.
On December 22 McDonagh’s wife Mary Margaret McDonagh contacted gardaí and said her husband was causing a disturbance and had assaulted one of her sons. McDonagh subsequently ran away but he was apprehended some 20 minutes later and arrested.
At a court sitting on December 23 McDonagh was directed to have no contact with his wife and to reside at 26 An Sruthan, Castlebar.
On February 7 Mary Margaret McDonagh called Castlebar Garda Station and reported that her estranged husband  had made a threatening and abusive phone call to her which was again in breach of his safety order.
Defence solicitor Mr Marc Loftus acknowledged that a child’s cot was not the wisest place to put the cannabis to avoid detection but he stated that when the gardaí arrived McDonagh had panicked and placed the drugs there. He stated that the drugs were not usually left there.
Mr Loftus said his client suffered from depression and added that his last conviction for cannabis was more than seven years ago.
Judge Devins noted that this was McDonagh’s third conviction for cannabis  and she imposed a six month term of imprisonment for the possession offence. For the breaches of the safety order Judge Devins imposed a six month prison sentence which is to run concurrently and fined him €500.