Limerick man was growing cannabis in his attic

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Two men have been charged with falsely imprisoning a Limerick teenager
A PROBATION report has been requested in the case of a man who admitted growing cannabis plants in the attic of his home.

A PROBATION report has been requested in the case of a man who admitted growing cannabis plants in the attic of his home.

Robert Earls, aged 29, who has an address at Nicholas Street admitted cultivating 19 cannabis plants, which were discovered during a garda search on June 17, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply.

During a sentencing hearing Detective Garda David Baynham of the divisional drugs unit said the defendant’s home was searched shortly after 5pm on the date of the offence.

He told Limerick Circuit Court the plants, which were at different stages of maturity, were found in the attic along with an adapted lighting system.

The potential street value of the plants seized was around €11,200.

Det Garda Baynham told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, Mr Earls admitted he was using cannabis around the time and that he had been put under pressure a number of weeks earlier to grow the plants in order to repay a debt he owed.

Mark Nicholas BL, defending, said his client had no trappings of wealth and was not growing the plants for any personal gain.

“There was no flat screen TV or flashy car outside,” he said adding that the growing operation was “not very sophisticated”.

Mr Nicholas said Mr Earls - a father-of-one - had made admissions following his arrest and is a”very laudable and decent fella”.

After hearing the evidence relating to the offence, Judge Tom O’Donnell commented that the case was more of a cultivation case rather that a sale or supply case.

He said he required further information relating to the background of the defendant before imposing sentence.

Having a requested a probation report, he adjourned the case until February 12, next.