December 5, 2023

A person with 50 earlier convictions was discovered with €350 price of heroin hid in his trousers at Letterkenny bus station has appeared in court docket.

Andrew O’Neill, a 22-year-old with an tackle at Meadowbank, Letterkenny, appeared earlier than Letterkenny District Courtroom in reference to the issues.

Inspector Paul Gallagher outlined particulars of the case to the court docket.

At round 12.30am on October 3, 2020, O’Neill was stopped by Gardai at Letterkenny bus station and searched beneath the Misuse of Medication Act.

Officers situated a small bag of brown powder hid in his trousers. Evaluation established that the substance was heroin, valued at €350.

O’Neill additionally appeared over an incident on September 1, 2022 at Glencar Park, Letterkenny. Gardai had been attending to a male who required medical consideration once they had been approached by O’Neill.

The defendant was strolling a canine which was a cross between a pit bull and a Staffordshire bull terrier and was not muzzled.

O’Neill started to impede members who had been rendering help. O’Neill turned abusive and aggressive, clenching his fists. Gardai needed to administer handcuffs attributable to O’Neill’s stage of aggression. Inspector Gallagher stated the canine, which was being held by O’Neill’s companion, was barking on the time. Pressure had for use within the conveyance of O’Neill to Letterkenny garda station.

Inspector Gallagher informed the court docket that O’Neill has 50 earlier convictions, together with 29 for highway visitors offences, six offences opposite to the Misuse of Medication Act, 12 for theft, one for the possession of a knife, one for the possession of a cell phone whereas in jail and one for felony harm.

Mr Rory O’Brien, solicitor for O’Neill, stated his consumer has been in a ‘vital state of despondency’ following a relationship break-up.

“He didn’t deal with that break-up too effectively,” Mr O’Brien stated. “He’s now rebuilding his life. He has suffered tremendously with an dependancy to medicine, however he’s not utilizing and he has undergone varied durations of therapy.”

Decide Éiteain Cunningham stated the medicine cost was ‘regarding’ to the court docket and requested if a probation and welfare report would profit the accused.

O’Neill addressed the court docket and informed Decide Cunningham that he began taking medicine when he was 13 or 14.

“I’ve no medical card and I couldn’t get dependancy therapy,” O’Neill stated, apologising for his manner on a earlier court docket look. “I’m clear for the time being.”

Decide Cunningham stated it was essential for O’Neill to have interaction with the Probation Service. “We’re speaking about €350 price of heroin, a critical drug.”

The case was adjourned till January 22, 2024.

Man with caught with heroin stash at Letterkenny bus station was final modified: October ninth, 2023 by Employees Author