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11th Apr 2019

Rachel Allen’s son Joshua pleaded guilty to six drugs charges today

Olivia Hayes

Joshua Allen was arrested in Cork after a home was raided and Gardaí found him to be in possession of thousands worth of illegal drugs.

That was seven months ago.

Today, he signed a plea of guilty to six drugs charges which included the possession of over €13,000 worth of cannabis for sale or supply at Ballymaloe Cookery School.

The full charges were: possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale or supply, possession of cannabis for sale and supply where the market value exceeds €13,000 and the possession of cocaine on 30 August 2018.

He was also charged with two further counts in relation to the possession of drugs on 5 September 2018.

According to RTÉ, Joshua was released on bail on condition that he sign on three times a week at his local garda station, surrender his passport, not apply for new travel documents, not leave the jurisdiction, and that he resides at home.

When Joshua was arrested last year, his mother and TV chef Rachel, made a statement to the Irish Mirror saying: “We are making a statement in response to, and hopefully to alleviate, the frenzy of enquiry and speculation on going in relation to our son Joshua.

“He has been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs (marijuana) with intent to supply them to others.

“He has admitted his guilt immediately and co-operated fully with the Gardaí. A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions and when formally charged Joshua will be pleading guilty at the first opportunity.

“We are absolutely devastated at this turn of events. Our son is eighteen years old, has never been in trouble with the Gardaí, and has made a huge mistake, which will have profound consequences for him.

“We do not in any way condone his actions, in fact, we utterly condemn them, but it is not for us to condemn him.”