A YOUNG woman who is recovering from heroin addiction had her case adjourned at Kilkenny court.
Laura Voyles, 9 Bru na Riogh, Dublin Road, Naas was convicted of having drugs in her possession for sale or supply at 21 Church Avenue on June 2, 2010 and or having drugs in her possession for personal use at Kilkenny Street, Castlecomer on June 26, 2010.
Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that a ‘very positive probation report’ was handed into the court. “She was 18 at the time of the offence. the positivity in the probation report is obvious. She is on low levels of methadone and she has addressed the risk facter by changing her interaction with her older peer group. She is aware o her addiction and how that affected her family and friends.
“She is now in third level education and hopes to work in the hotel industry and to work abroad. Her father has stood by her through her recovery and I think that she will be a very useful member of society. She knows how easy it is to get involved and how difficult it can be to remove yourself,” added Mr Lanigan.
Judge David Anderson commented that the report had stated that she was at ‘a low risk of reoffending’ and applied the Probation Act. “I am not going to have her have that one conviction to her name for the rest of her life. I am applying the Act given her age, plea and excellent report,” he said.