11 months sentence

A Carrickmacross man who offered a bag of cannabis to an undercover garda at the Oxegen music festival in Punchestown has been given an 11 month sentence at Naas District court earlier in the month.

A Carrickmacross man who offered a bag of cannabis to an undercover garda at the Oxegen music festival in Punchestown has been given an 11 month sentence at Naas District court earlier in the month.

Billy Hunt, whose address is listed as 12 Bothar Cnoc na Gaoithe, Carrickmacross, Monaghan was apprehended on July 8, 2010 at Punchestown and charged with possession of cannabis and with having cannabis for sale or supply. At 5pm that day he had offered a bag of cannabis to what turned out to be an undercover garda. The cannabis was worth €75. Mr Hunt had 50 previous convictions including public order offences, assault, possession of drugs for sale and supply and road traffic offences. The court heard that he has had a troubled past, although now that his partner has had their child a few months ago he has taken this as an opportunity to turn his life around. “You don’t want a similar life for your son?” Judge Zaidan asked him. “No sir,” replied Hunt. Hunt’s solicitor explained that his client had fallen “in with the wrong crowd”. Hunt is already serving a sentence and this sentence will run concurrently with that sentence.