Man avoids criminal record for growing cannabis plants as a “garden experiment”
A former director of Keogh’s chips company has been given the chance to evade a criminal record for growing 39 cannabis plants on his land in north Dublin.
Anthony Keogh of Newtown Lane in Oldtown admitted growing them without a license but claimed he did so out of curiosity and never intended to sell them.
64-year-old Anthony Keogh was arrested last July after Gardaí discovered 39 cannabis plants growing in his greenhouse.
They were seedlings at the time and were originally valued at almost € 20,000, later being revised down to € 7,800.
In any case, Gardaí was pleased that he had not grown it for sale or delivery.
They accepted that it was a “gardening experiment” that he was undertaking because of his curiosity about the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
Judge Melanie Greally accepted his remorse and also viewed the embarrassment and shame he brought upon himself and the family business as a mitigating factor.
She described his act as a serious misjudgment and gave him the chance to avoid a criminal record if he donated 200 euros to the Peter McVerry Trust.