Court hears man spent SSIA money on heroin


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A WICK­LOW man spent his SSIA on heroin, a court heard.

Gary Sillery (24) was ar­rested by Gar­dai af­ter be­ing stopped for driv­ing er­rat­i­cally on his way home to Wick­low af­ter buy­ing a week’s sup­ply of the drug in Dublin.

He at­tempted to throw away € 1,600 worth of the drug when he was stopped and was found to be driv­ing without a li­cence or in­sur­ance.

Judge Mur­rough Con­nel­lan fined him €1,050 and ad­journed his case for the prepa­ra­tion of a pro­ba­tion re­port.

Sillery, of Cas­tle Street, Wick- low Town, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to sup­ply, as well as the motoring of­fences.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at Mill­town North, Ash­ford, on May 8, 2008.

Wick­low District Court heard that while he was not a street dealer, he had been sell­ing some drugs to his friends.

The court was told gar­dai were on pa­trol when they saw Sillery driv­ing a red Volvo at high speed south­wards on the N11.

He would not stop and drove er­rat­i­cally, swerv­ing un­til they brought him to a halt on a slip road. When the gar­dai con­front- ed him, they found him at­tempt­ing to dis­card the bag of heroin by break­ing it up and throw­ing it on to the floor.

Sillery had 17 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

‘ He has a very se­ri­ous drug prob­lem and his life has been blighted by drug abuse,’ his lawyer said. He had made sev­eral at­tempts to get off heroin, but re­lapsed.

His par­ents had been sup­port­ive of him over the years and had tried to help him.

On the day of the in­ci­dent, he had gone to a sup­plier in Dublin for a large amount be­cause as a reg­u­lar user, it was cheaper that way. He pan­icked when he saw the gar­dai.

‘He is not a dealer in the true sense of the word. If his friends were short, he would give them the drugs and they would pay him,’ Sillery’s lawyer said.

‘In re­la­tion to where he got the money for the drugs... he opened an SSIA ac­count and his par­ents were hop­ing he would get his life back on track, but he went off the rails again. His par­ents have tried ev­ery­thing to get him on the straight and nar­row.’

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