Drug accused told to come back to court without child

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Sentencing has been adjourned in the case of Limerick man who pleaded guilty to having drugs for sale or supply at his home last year - and turned up at Limerick District Court with a young child sleeping in his arms.

Sentencing has been adjourned in the case of Limerick man who pleaded guilty to having drugs for sale or supply at his home last year - and turned up at Limerick District Court with a young child sleeping in his arms.

Solicitor Darrach McCarthy said the accused, Frank McNally, had to take the child to an eye test that morning but conceded it was “inappropriate” to bring the infant to court after Judge Eugene O’Kelly had expressed his displeasure.

“Why has he come to court on a very serious charge to which he has pleaded guilty with a child in his arms?” an exasperated Judge O’Kelly had asked.

McNally, 43, of Cornmarket Villas, Limerick, pleaded guilty to having drugs for sale or supply at his home address on May 26, 2011.

Insp Seamus Ruane told the court that gardai had searched the property with a warrant and in the course of that search had found nine bags of white powder, one bag of white tablets and one bag of cannabis.

The powder, on being sent away for analysis, was found to be an amphetamine, Insp Ruane said, and the total value of the drugs seized was €450.

McNally is a father of six children, the youngest of whom is only six weeks old, and has two counts of simple possession of drugs among 22 previous convictions.

Judge O’Kelly adjourned the case to November 28 for sentencing.