A chef has been spared a criminal record and a prison sentence for cultivating cannabis.
Albert Hayes (54), with an address at North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 pleaded guilty in November to Misuse of Drugs Act offences.
He admitted unlawful possession of cannabis and cultivating cannabis at his home address where gardai found five plants during a search.
Dublin District Court heard the value of the plants, if they had reached full growth, would have been €4,000.
Defence solicitor Tony Collier pleaded for leniency. He asked Judge Bryan Smyth to note the value of the plants was €100 because they had not been fully grown.
Judge Smyth applied the Probation of Offenders Act on the two charges.