Man Avoids Criminal Record For...


Man Avoids Criminal Record For Growing Cannabis Plants As "Gardening Experiment"

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

05:12 14 Jul 2021

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A former director of Keogh's crisps company has been given a chance to avoid a criminal record for growing 39 cannabis plants on his land in north Dublin.

Anthony Keogh, of Newtown Lane in Oldtown, admitted cultivating them without a licence, but claimed he only did so out of curiosity and never planned to sell them.

64 year old Anthony Keogh was arrested last July after Gardaí discovered 39 cannabis plants growing in his greenhouse.

They were seedlings at the time and while they were initially valued at almost €20k, they were later revised downward to €7,800.

In any event, Gardaí were satisfied that he hadn’t grown them for sale or supply.

They accepted it was a “gardening experiment” he undertook due to his curiosity about the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

Judge Melanie Greally accepted his remorse and also considered the embarrassment and shame he has brought on himself and the family business as a mitigating factor.

She described what he did as a serious error of judgement and gave him a chance to avoid a criminal record if he makes a €200 contribution to the Peter McVerry Trust.

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