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