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Man given a year to prove he is drug-free

Man on drug charges given one year to show court he’s clean

A man who was in court on a number of drugs charges has been told if he is still off drugs in one year’s time, his case will be looked on favourably.
Aaron Lynch of Ballycloger, Balla and formerley of 23, The Willows, Castlebar, was before Castlebar District Court charges with drugs possession on four different dates last year.
Inspector Seán Glynn told the court that Lynch was found in possession of cannabis resin worth €109 and ecstasy tablets worth €190 on July 2, 2011. On July 31 he was found with two pieces of cannabis resin worth a total of €20.86.
On September 7, Gardaí found him with cannabis worth €45.57 and seven days later he was found with €47.55 worth of cannabis resin. All these incidents took place in Castlebar.
The court heard that on November 15 last Lynch had received a seven month jail term for drug possession and having drugs for sale or supply.
Ruth Byrne, solicitor for Lynch, said that Lynch had a very difficult upbringing and suffered a very serious accident when he was 15 years old which required him to be in hospital for 18 months. His drug use had spiralled out of control since but he was now receiving psychological and addiction counselling and was attempting to get his life back together.
He was living in the countryside in Balla in an effort to stay away from towns and would undertake to have periodic urine analysis to show he wasn’t still taking drugs.
Lynch himself swore that he was no longer taking drugs.
Judge Mary Devins said that Lynch looked ‘wretched’ but added that if it can be shown in a year that he is no longer using drugs, she would deal with the matter in a certain way. It was put back to July 17, 2013 for sentencing.