Saturday, November 09, 2013 | An Englishman living in West Cork who was convicted last week of growing cannabis handed his sentencing judge yesterday his application to the minister for health for a licence to grow hemp.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he took this application as an indication of the attitude of Duncan Sloane to the courts and the law. He remanded Sloane in custody for a week for sentencing next Friday.
“In view of his flagrant attitude to the law I am afraid I would be excessive on him [if sentenced yesterday]. I will give him a week to think about it. I will remand him in custody,” said the judge.
Sloane’s application for a licence from the minister to grow hemp was one of the documents he asked his barrister, Ray Boland, to present to the court in advance of sentencing.
By Liam Heylin
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