A man who appeared before Dundalk District Court last week on his 35th birthday, has spent half his life addicted to drugs Judge Flann Brennan was told.
Stephen McVeigh from Commons Road, Dromiskin , who had 33 previous convictions, was prosecuted for handling stolen property at CEX in the Marshes Shopping Centre on 6 May last, which is a second hand store specialising in electronic goods.
On a separate occasion, gardaí were called to the Táin Court apartment complex, after the defendant was seen trespassing in the car park where he discarded a spanner.
The court was told officers who saw him acting nervously carried out a drugs search, and Stephen McVeigh put a wrap suspected of containing heroin, into his mouth and swallowed it.
A back-pack was recovered containing drug paraphernalia, a hammer, crowbar and assorted screwdrivers.
On 30 April, he was arrested after gardaí got a report of a man checking out cars and using a flashlight to look inside them.
The defence solicitor said his client is from a very good family background and became abusing cannabis at the age of 16 or 17.
He added the court had extended considerable patience and leniency towards him and he had begun to do well, and had returned to third level education, when he fell again.
The court heard the accused had been in custody on remand for seven weeks.
Judge Brennan imposed six month concurrent sentences for all the offences.
He said he' had absolutely no doubt that if he had sought a governor's report “it would be exemplary” and added Stephen McVeigh has “shown nothing but the highest of respect for this court” and noted it was sad that he was in court on his 35th birthday.
Judge Brennan added for a young man with so much promise to be reduced as he has been to a drug addict, was appalling.
He said he hopes the defendant will overcome his problem, as he had done so in the past.