Man who said he’d ‘get whacked’ if he didn’t hold drugs placed on probation bond

by Gazette Reporter

By Brion Hoban

A man caught holding over €55,000 in cannabis and cocaine who was threatened that he was going to get “whacked” has been placed on a probation bond.

Ciaran Aspin (35) made an attempt to flee from gardaí while in possession of drugs which ended with him sliding on the garda car’s bonnet.

Aspin of Woodlands, Mulhuddart, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis and cocaine for sale or supply at his address on October 27, 2018. He has four previous convictions including one for drink driving.

Garda Cillian Daly told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, at an earlier sentence hearing last July, that in the early hours of the morning on the date in question, gardaí were out on patrol when they spotted the accused man cycling without wearing high-visibility clothing and without lights.

Gda Daly said that when stopped by gardaí, Aspin appeared nervous and claimed he lived in a nearby house but was unable to provide the house’s number. Aspin fled on his bike when informed he was about to be searched.

Aspin cycled on to a grass area and failed to get through a pedestrian gate, turning back towards the garda car and ending up sliding on its bonnet. He was searched and a quantity of cannabis was found in a bag he was carrying.

Gardaí later searched his home, where they discovered further bags of cannabis in the back garden and bags of cocaine in a bedroom. The total value of all drugs discovered was €57,642.14.

Gda Daly agreed with Keith Spencer BL, defending, that his client had an outstanding drugs bill from when he had problems with drugs years earlier. Aspin told gardaí he was threatened that he was going to get “whacked”, meaning shot.

Aspin told gardaí he was not a drug dealer and that he was just holding the drugs at his house. He asked if the gardaí would have done the same as him if they had three drug dealers saying his house was going to be shot at and his parents were in danger.

Mr Spencer said his client has a pronounced stammer that worsens when he is nervous and has been assessed as being in the lowest rung of an adult intelligence scale. He said Aspin was introduced to alcohol and cannabis at an early age and became addicted to cocaine but is now clean of drugs.

Counsel said his client was employed throughout the Covid emergency as a delivery driver.

Judge Elma Sheahan considered an updated probation report and confirmed that his probation officer recommended that he placed under a probation bond. She placed Aspin under that bond and adjourned the case to October 22 next for sentence.

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