Charity donation from underage drink case

The operator of a local convenience store which sold alcohol to a teenager in a Garda ‘test purchase’ case, has been given time to make a €2,000 donation to charity, in order to avoid a conviction.

Ailish Rocks with an address at Rathmount, Seafield Road, Blackrock was prosecuted arising out of the sale, which happened at Londis, Castletown Road on the 12th of April 2012.

Garda Inspector Martin Beggy told Dundalk district court last Wednesday that the 16 year old bought four cans of beer for five euro, while being observed by a plain clothes garda, and was not asked for identification by the cashier.

He added that the alcohol was handed to the garda outside the premises and the defendant had no previous convictions.

The defence solicitor said that his client wasn’t in charge of the premises at the time.

In relation to the woman who was, he handed in a medical report to the court which he said refers to an assessment.

He added that to say she was pre-occupied would be “too mild a word”. Judge Flann Brennan agreed to a Defence request to put back the case until the 19th of March, so a €2,000 donation could be made to a charity to be nominated by the investigating garda.


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