Court hears man spent SSIA money on heroin
DEFENDANT ATTEMPTED TO THROW AWAY €1,600 WORTH OF THE DRUG
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.’