Rugby player built up drug debt by using cannabis to ease injury-related pain, court says

A rugby student has racked up drug debt for using cannabis to relieve pain from an injury, a court has heard.

Arragh Kelly, 23, of Sarto Lawns, Sutton, Dublin, pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 7 April 2020 to unlawful possession of cannabis for sale or supply of cannabis at James Larkin Road, Raheny, Dublin 17 .

Kelly was caught by Gardaí with two bags of cannabis with an estimated street value of €9,804.

Defense attorney Keith Spencer BL told the court that Kelly accumulated a $4,000 drug debt by using cannabis as a form of pain treatment. He said Kelly had been threatened and therefore agreed to move the drugs from one location to another.

He was then a 21-year-old student living at home with his parents and smoking cannabis, the court heard. Mr Spencer said Kelly was involved in playing rugby at a “fairly high level” until he got injured and left rugby.

He said Kelly’s difficulties arose after he left the sport, but he is now back as a coach.

Judge Melanie Greally said Kelly was not profiting from his actions but was trying to clear a substantial drug debt. She noted a number of character references provided in support of Kelly.

She noted the lack of a criminal record, strong family support, and good professional record. She also noted that he has taken positive steps to address his cannabis use.

She imposed a 15-month sentence, but suspended it entirely on the condition that he keep calm and behave decently. Rugby player built up drug debt by using cannabis to ease injury-related pain, court says

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