Judge warns woman to join pro­gramme

Bray People - - NEWS FO­CUS -

A BRAY woman was warned if she wasn’t in Teen Chal­lenge within four weeks she would be go­ing to prison at last Tues­day’s sit­ting of Wick­low Dis­trict Court.

Leona Han­lon (32), 4 Old­court Av­enue, Bray, was charged with pos­ses­sion of drugs for the pur­pose of sale or sup­ply and the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of drugs at Main Street, Bray on Oc­to­ber 13, 2010.

The court heard the case had been ad­journed in the hope Han­lon would get res­i­den­tial treat- ment for her ad­dic­tion.

Act­ing for her so­lic­i­tor Bren­dan Moloney said she had been of­fered a place on De­cem­ber 6 but didn’t take it on med­i­cal ad­vice as her ‘drug po­si­tion wasn’t sta­ble enough’.

Mr. Moloney said Han­lon is now ‘com­pletely free of methadone’ but is bat­tling with her ad­dic­tion. He said there had been ‘ lapses’ with other drugs.

Judge David Kennedy said he had given her a fi­nal warn­ing in June adding that at that time she was on 25mls of methadone.

He said he had ad­journed the case to al­low her get a bed in Teen Chal­lenge.

Mr. Moloney said there has been ‘a marked im­prove­ment’ since then and said that on De­cem­ber 6 her doc­tor had told her that ‘ her chances of suc­cess (in re­hab) were minimal’ be­cause of her cur­rent con­di­tion.

Judge Kennedy ad­journed the case for four weeks say­ing ‘if she is not in Teen Chal­lenge she is go­ing to prison’.

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