Heroin ad­dict to pay €1,250 for strike-out in drugs case

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS -

A MAN found in pos­ses­sion of €25-worth of di­amor­phine (heroin) when he was searched by gar­daí after they brought him from a bus in which he had been seen to have been act­ing sus­pi­ciously by oth­ers will have his case struck­out if he pays €1,250 to Lis­towel Dis­trict Court poor box by next May.

Dean Casey, 2 Col­lege Place, Lis­towel pleaded guilty to a charge of the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of the drug be­fore Judge James O’Con­nor at Lis­towel Dis­trict Court on Thursday. Sergeant Kieran O’Con­nell told the Court the de­fen­dant (aged 47), had been de­tained and searched by gar­daí after he was met off the Tralee to Lis­towel bus and found to have been in pos­ses­sion of €25 of heroin in a zip-locked bag. Solic­i­tor Pádraig O’Con­nell said that his client is now drug free, at­tend­ing treat­ment at the Tal­bot Grove cen­tre in Castleis­land. “He made full ad­mis­sions and co-op­er­ated fully with gar­daí. This is an un­for­tu­nate man, who is on dis­abil­ity suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous de­pres­sion...he is do­ing ev­ery­thing to turn his life around, hav­ing had a very trou­bled youth, 20s and 30s,” Mr O’Con­nell said, de­scrib­ing his client as a man of a ‘very gen­tle dis­po­si­tion’. Judge O’Con­nor ac­ceded to a re­quest for a sec­ond change but warned the de­fen­dant it would be en­tirely con­di­tional on him not ‘messing with drugs’. Mr Casey has un­til May next to make the pay­ment.

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