A member of the famous Guinness brewing dynasty is facing conviction over a cannabis “growhouse” at his historic mansion in Co Kildare.
inbar Cordell-Lavarack pleaded guilty to possession of €2,400 worth of cannabis plants, which according to current Garda valuations would indicate there were three plants.
The 30-year-old, who lives at his mother Marina Guinness’s address in Pickering Forest in Celbridge, County Kildare, also pleaded guilty to possession of €4,970 worth of dried cannabis found by Gardai.
His late father, music producer Denny Cordell, is credited with helping The Cranberries on their rise to fame, and the Dolores O’Riordan-led band even recorded the song Cordell in his honor.
A hearing in Blanchardstown District Court said the 30-year-old had been prescribed the drug in the US but could not legally buy it in Ireland.
Not wanting to get involved in the drug trade upon his return to Ireland, he took matters “in hand” when he started growing cannabis.
Mr Lavarack had previously been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and was prescribed medical cannabis in the US, the court heard.
More than €7,000 of the drug, including plants, was found in a Garda raid on his home, which the court described as a “growhouse”.
He pleaded guilty to possession and cultivation of cannabis at his home on August 12, 2020.
Cannabis plants worth €2,400 were found, along with dry cannabis worth €4,970, according to Garda evidence.
Mr Lavarack, who has no criminal record, accepted what he had done was wrong, his lawyer told the court.
The lawyer said Mr Lavarack’s mother knew what he was doing, knew it was wrong and she should have put a stop to it, and “she takes some responsibility for the messy nature of her life”.
The attorney said the defendant was drug free, had aspirations to travel in the future and asked the judge to let him go unconvicted.
Judge David McHugh said cannabis was illegal in that jurisdiction, “period, end of story,” and said £300 that the defendant had in court should be donated to a drugs charity.
He noted that this was an unusual case and Lavarack had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Judge McHugh adjourned the case for a report on a justice restoration program.
He said he would consider dropping the charges and leaving the defendant with no criminal record if the report was favorable.
Mr Lavarack’s mother, Marina Guinness, is known for her patronage of artists, with musicians and bands having used her home for rehearsals and recording.
These include Kila as well as Glen Hansard and the Frames, Damien Rice, Fionn Regan and Justin Manville.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/member-of-guinness-brewing-dynasty-grew-cannabis-in-period-kildare-mansion-42038952.html A member of the Guinness brewing dynasty grew cannabis at the historic Kildare mansion