Judge warns: come off cannabis or go to jail

Wexford People - - NEWS -

‘IF he does not come off the cannabis, he’s go­ing to jail.’

That was the mes­sage from Judge Ger­ard Haughton for de­fen­dant Nicholas Donnelly (42) from Tal­bot Green in Wex­ford.

Donnelly ap­peared at the District Court in Belvedere Road where he pleaded guilty to theft, tres­pass and at­tempted rob­bery.

In May of 2015, he took the purse of an el­derly woman from her shop­ping trolley as she at­tempted to un­load her gro­ceries into her car at Pet­titt’s su­per­mar­ket.

The purse was later re­cov­ered, though not the €40 in cash which it had con­tained.

In Jan­uary of 2016, he was seen by the oc­cu­pant of a house in Wolfe Tone Vil­las in the back yard.

The un­in­vited vis­i­tor had propped a lad­der up against the back wall be­fore he was chased away by the house­holder

It was in April of 2016 that the ac­cused man ap­proached three teenagers in an al­ley­way near his home. He asked them to hand over their drugs and also de­manded their phones.

He was given noth­ing, so he then threat­ened them and pro­duced a ham­mer.

So­lic­i­tor Ed King ac­cepted that all the crimes com­mit­ted by his client were as­so­ci­ated with drug abuse.

While Donnelly had now weaned him­self off heroin and coke he re­mained a cannabis user.

All mat­ters were ad­journed un­til Septem­ber to see then whether this re­main­ing is­sue has been tack­led.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.