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A Louth man gets a suspended sentence for transporting nearly €100,000 worth of hashish

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A Louth man who had previously had his sentence suspended to allow him to undergo brain surgery has been charged with transporting nearly €100,000 in cannabis.

Revor Keyes (49) Borrowed money from someone and tried to return the money, only to be told that the people involved didn’t want the money, but instead wanted him to do a job.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that in 2010 Keyes was one of three taxi drivers who intervened to help arrest a man who had stabbed a sixty-year-old woman.

The court heard he had a brain aneurysm that had rendered him unable to work and was due to undergo surgery in February last year.

Keyes of Cherrywood Close, Termon Abbey, Drogheda, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for sale or supply at Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin 6, on 23 March 2017. He has no prior convictions.

Judge Elma Sheehan acknowledged on Monday that the surgery went well after adjourning the case in January to allow him to operate.

In sentencing Keyes, she said she took into account the evidence of the Garda that he was on the lowest rung of the ladder and that he was unlikely to appear before the courts again.

She accepts that he was “of good conduct before the crime”, noting that he had previously come to the aid of a woman who had been attacked.

Judge Sheehan also acknowledged that a report from the Probation Service placed Keyes at low risk of re-offending because he had shown genuine remorse for his behaviour, accepted personal responsibility and had no previous convictions.

She sentenced Keyes to three years in prison, suspended entirely.

Judge Sheehan said, “I am convinced that the best service to the community is for this person to remain in the community,” knowing that if he misled he would have to spend three years in prison.

At the earlier hearing, Garda Detective David McKinley told Fiona McGowan BL, the District Attorney, that on the date in question, Gardai was receiving information that drugs were to be transported in a red Toyota Avensis taxi and an operation was carried out.

Det Gda McKinley said Keyes was seen driving the taxi on Harold’s Cross Road in Dublin and was pulled over by a Gardaí. A search of the vehicle revealed 10 vacuum-filled bags of hashish hidden in the trunk.

The total value of the cannabis amounted to 99,200 euros.

Detective Jedda McKinley told the court he was satisfied Keyes made no money from the incident. He said that the information Gardaí received was about the car and the drug stash, not the accused himself.

The detective agreed with Dominic McGinn SC, pleading, that his client was not someone significantly involved in the drug trade. He agreed that Keyes had not been on Garda’s radar and said he did not expect to appear in court again.

He agreed with the lawyer that his client had borrowed money and then tried to pay it back, only to be told that the people involved did not want the money back, but wanted him to do a job.

In March 2010, McGinn said, his client came to the aid of a sixty-year-old woman and helped apprehend the man who had stabbed her. He said his client was commended for his intervention by the circuit court judge who presided over the case.

The lawyer told the previous hearing that his client had been unable to work since he had a brain aneurysm. He said his client was scheduled to undergo brain surgery in February, surgery that had been delayed due to the pandemic.

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