Kerry man took who took drugs to deal with abuse awaits sentencing

A man described as naïve and innocent took drugs to deal with sexual abuse he suffered as an adolescent.

Over €6400 worth of cannabis herb was found at the home of 36 year old Colm Farmer of Apartment 11A Riverwell House, Oakview Village, Tralee on February 11th 2015 by the Divisional Drugs Unit on foot of a search warrant.

Garda James Fairbrother told Tralee Circuit Criminal Court that Mr Farmer and his then partner were in the apartment when they found the drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The court heard that 12 exhibits were seized including cannabis leaves, cannabis herb and cannabis resin.

The court heard Mr Farmer co-operated fully with Gardaí and even volunteered information about where drugs were hidden in the apartment.

Defence Barrister Richard Liston said his client had a hard time in school as he had learning disability that was not known at the time.

Mr Farmer also said he had been sexually assaulted between the ages of 11 and 14.

It was the first time Mr Farmer had told anyone this and only then did his parents become aware of the alleged abuse.

A Garda investigation into this is ongoing.

Mr Liston said Mr Farmer is bi-polar, has an anxiety disorder and has had suicide ideations.

He told the court that his client is remorseful and comprehensive of his behaviour’s damage to society.

The court heard he was growing and selling drugs purely to feed his own habit.

Mr Liston said Mr Farmer has engaged with Men’s Sheds, is seeing a psychiatrist and has the support of his parents who were in court.

Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned the case to consider the probation report.

It is listed for April 3rd to fix a date for sentencing.