A CHARLEVILLE man who left the country as he feared for his life over debts wants to “wipe the slate clean”, heard Kilmallock Court.
Kevin Carey, aged 29, with addresses at Broad Street and Ivy Close, Charleville pleaded guilty to a number of drugs offences dating back to 2010 and 2011.
On April 23, 2010, Sergeant Mark Daly said gardai searched his address in Broad Street under warrant.
“Cannabis valued at €200 was found,” said Sgt Daly.
On June 26, 2011, Carey was found with 131 grams of cannabis with a value of €1,457.30 after a search at his home in Ivy Close.
“He admitted having cannabis for sale or supply,” said Sgt Daly.
On March 31, 2011, €100 worth of cannabis was found during a search at an address Ivy Close, Charleville.
Carey’s solicitor, Brenda Gill said his client has had his fair share of difficulties with gardai.
“He had significant addiction problems with cocaine and cannabis but has turned his life around. He hasn’t come to adverse attention in recent years. He is hoping to put the past behind him and wipe the slate clean,” said Mr Gill.
The solicitor said Carey stayed in regular contact with gardai while in Spain.
“He would have been involved with certain elements. He feared for his life over debts. He had gainful employment in Spain. He had no alternative but to leave this country. He has completely disassociated himself with people he associated with. He is a qualified plasterer. He suffered injuries, couldn’t work and that is how his difficulties with cannabis and cocaine started. He has stayed out of trouble,” said Mr Gill.
Mr Gill said Carey hopes to marry in the next couple of months.
“He wants to live in the country and look after his family,” said Mr Gill.
Judge Marian O’Leary asked for a garda progress report and adjourned the case until January.
“I will deal with it leniently then if he doesn’t come to adverse garda attention. I will look at a court poor box donation if everything is in order,” she said.