Case struck out against woman

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

Af­ter hear­ing that a 40-year-old woman will not be able to take up a new job if she has a con­vic­tion, the judge de­cided to strike out the case against Jes­sica Han­lon.

The de­fen­dant, of Con­sti­tu­tion Hill, Drogheda, pleaded guilty to forg­ing a pre­scrip­tion at Hickey’s Phar­macy, 9 West Street, on 6 June, 2017, and theft at Tesco, West Street on the fol­low­ing 16 Au­gust.

Solic­i­tor James Allen said at the time his client had a sig­nif­i­cant drugs and drink ad­dic­tion, which stemmed from an ac­ci­dent she had in Jan­uary, 2016, which left her in a cast for seven months.

Han­lon, who has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, has since com­pleted a course in Cuan Mhuire ad­dic­tion treat­ment cen­tre.

Mr Allen added she is anx­ious to re­turn to work and re­quires garda vet­ting be­fore tak­ing up a role as an ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor in a nurs­ing home for el­derly peo­ple.

‘I’m sym­pa­thetic,’ said Judge Cough­lan who then re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from the solic­i­tor that if the ac­cused has a con­vic­tion she has no job.

He struck out the two charges and or­dered that €70 in court be paid over to the in­jured party.

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