The son of celebrity TV chef Rachel Allen has been handed a 15 month jail sentence for having nearly £19,000 worth of cannabis at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Joshua Allen, 19, was handed the sentence on Friday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to the possession for sale or supply of the drug at the school at Shanagarry, Co Cork in September 2018.
He was jailed for 15 months with the sentence backdated to November 8 when the teen served three weeks in prison on remand.
Allen was given a total two and a half year prison sentence with the final 15 months suspended.
Joshua Allen pictured leaving Cork Circuit Criminal Court with his father Issac Allen (L) in September 2019
He was brought to the court on Friday from Cuain Mhuire rehabilitation centre where he had been in treatment.
Judge Sean O’Donnabháin heard how the teenager had made a genuine effort to address his problems in the residential drugs addiction treatment centre.
Defence counsel Síobhan Lankford SC said her client had now completed a 12 week treatment programme where he had left with an excellent report on his progress in addressing his addiction issues.
Joshua (right) when aged 14 with his mother, Saturday Kitchen star Rachel Allen (left)
It is understood the 18-year-old had been under Garda surveillance for a considerable length of time when the drugs arrived at the cookery school from the U.S. back in September 2018.
The package, which had been labelled ‘clothing’, was detected by Customs officers in the mailing centre in Portlaoise who then informed gardaí of the suspicious package they’d found.
Allen signed for and opened the package at Ballymaloe Cookery School.
He was arrested by gardai from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau during a raid on a home in County Cork.
Saturday Kitchen star Rachel Allen has spoken of her ‘devastation’ when her son Joshua was arrested
The judge said on Friday there was ‘a sad’ background to the case as Allen has no qualifications after having left school aged 15.