A son of singer Phil Collins has been ordered to pay €300 for possession of cocaine in Killarney, in order to avoid a conviction.
44-year-old Simon Collins of Greenane Cottages, Templenoe, Blackwater, pleaded guilty to one charge today in Killarney District Court.
Mr Collins, a musician in his own right, is the son of Phil Collins, the renowned drummer, singer, songwriter and record producer.
On January 18th, 2020 at Derrycunnihy, Killarney, Simon Collins had possession of cocaine, contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act.
John Cashell, solicitor for Mr Collins, told the court his client has had a well-publicised drug addiction, which he’s now managing, and the €10 worth of cocaine was for his own use.
He urged Judge David Waters not to impose a conviction as it would adversely impact on his client’s career as a musician; instead, he suggested Mr Collins make a donation to Grove addiction services.
Mr Cashell said his client has no previous convictions and had not come to garda attention before.
Mr Collins did receive the benefit of the Probation Act in Bantry District Court for an offence under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act recently.
In a statement to media, Mr Collins said he regrets his relapse on the night and has been in recovery for years.
The incident is behind him now and he’s focused on his career in music and is currently working on a new album with his new band.
Judge David Waters said, due to having no previous convictions, Mr Collins is due a chance; he said the accused has one month to pay €300 to avoid a conviction.
The case will be brought up again in Killarney on May 18th.