Suspended sentence for heroin offence

A SEPARATED father of five who admitted having heroin in his possession for sale or supply to others was handed down a six month suspended sentence at Kilkenny Court.

A SEPARATED father of five who admitted having heroin in his possession for sale or supply to others was handed down a six month suspended sentence at Kilkenny Court.

John McDonagh, 52 Pococke Valley admitted having the drugs in his possession for his own use and for sale and supply to others at Pococke Valley on March 5, 2010.

The court heard that on the date in question gardai executed a search warrant. On entering an upstairs bedroom they found a defendant sitting on a bed with tin fin on which there was believed to be traces of diamorphine and with a bag containing white powder. The defendant, who has 13 previous convictions admitted that the substance was diamorphine (commonly known as heroin) and was for sale or supply. The quantity seized was four grams with an estimated street value of €600.

Solicitor Tom Walsh said that his client and his family had lived in Kilkenny for a considerable period of time. “He is a 39-year-old separated father of five who has a long term difficulty with drugs and suffers from epilepsy. He is clear and off drugs since the incident. The dealing and supplying involved friends and acquaintances and he has managed to come off heroin by himself over a two year period,” he added. Judge John Lindsey imposed a six month sentence which he suspended for 18 months.