A MAN who was caught with €2,500 worth of cocaine in a house in Newcastle West has received a suspended prison sentence.
Larry Nicholson, aged 24, with an address at St Columba’s Place, Tullamore, Offaly pleaded guilty in March to possession of drugs for sale or supply following a raid on a house at Sheehan’s Road, Newcastle West in April 2011.
Nicholson, an unemployed father-of-two, was arrested during the raid after he admitted ownership of the cocaine. A total of €685 in cash was also seized during the raid by officers attached to the local garda crime office.
Sentencing in the case was previously adjourned by Judge Mary Larkin to allow for a probation report to be compiled on Nicholson, who has 18 previous convictions including prison sentences for assault causing harm, criminal damage and drugs offences.
Speaking at Newcastle West court last Friday, defence solicitor Michael O’Donnell said that Nicholson’s probation report was “favourable”, and that he had “cooperated fully” with the probation services.
Mr O’Donnell asked that sentencing in this case be further adjourned until October, to allow for the finalisation of a different matter involving Nicholson which is currently before Tullamore Circuit Court.
However Judge Mary Larkin said that she would be dealing the matter now, and handed Nicholson a four month prison sentence, which she suspended for one year.
Judge Larkin said that under the terms of the suspended sentence Nicholson must comply with the directions of the probation service, “be of good behaviour” and not take drugs. If he is convicted of any further crimes in the next year, the sentence will be activated.