Defendant changes plea in relation to cannabis charges
A DAVIDSTOWN MAN who had entered a not guilty plea in relation to three charges later pleaded guilty to two of the counts when re-arraigned on the second day of his hearing.
John Sinnott, of Coolamurray, Davidstown, Enniscorthy, had originally pleaded not guilty on the opening day at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court to the possession of cannabis for sale or supply on December 11, 2013, at Coolamurray, Davidstown.
He had also pleaded not guilty to the possession of cannabis for sale or supply worth €13,000 on December 11, 2013, at Coolamurray, Davidstown. A further plea of not guilty was entered by the defendant to a charge of the cultivation of cannabis without a licence at Coolamurray, Davidstown, on December 11, 2013.
He pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis at Coolamurray, Davidstown, on December 11, 2013. He also pleaded guilty to the possession of a firearm without a firearm certificate.
However, on day two of his hearing last Wednesday, when the charge of possession of cannabis for sale or supply was put to Mr Sinnott, he said he wished to plead guilty. He also changed his not guilty plea to guilty plea in relation to the cultivation of cannabis.
Prosecution counsel Ms Sinead Gleeson entered a nolle prosequi in relation to the possession of cannabis valued at €13,000 for sale or supply.
Judge Hickson then discharged the jury given the change in circumstances.
Defence counsel Mr. Ciaran O'Loughlin said there was no objection to the defendant going back on court bail to April. He has a previous conviction from 2013 on an unrelated matter where he was sentenced to two years, suspended for three years, but which will now come back into the court.
Judge Hickson remanded the defendant on continuing bail to the April sessions.