An American woman who advocates for the rights of sex workers in Ireland appealed a conviction for cultivating cannabis at her flat in Cork three years ago.
Kate McGrew mounted a legal challenge against her conviction on the basis that the landlord’s discovery of the cannabis-growing tent was illegal and the Garda search warrant was defective.
Landlord Liam O’Driscoll said the smell from the flat was so strong he was afraid something had happened to Ms McGrew.
“She could have been lying on the ground dead. Anything could have happened to her. I was saying ‘God almighty I am damned if I do, damned if I don’t’,” he testified yesterday at Cork Circuit Appeals Court.
Ms McGrew was convicted at Cork District Court on the charge of cultivating the cannabis at apartment 4 on the second floor of 30 Patrick’s Hill, Cork, at the relevant time, on May 24, 2014, and she was ordered