A woman who claimed she had not been in regular contact with the Probation Service as she wanted to avoid former drugs associates, was told at Dundalk district court last week that it was not an acceptable excuse.
Racheal O’Sullivan (26) with an address at Mulholland Avenue, Dundalk was before the court accused of theft at Dunnes Stores, The Marshes Shopping Centre on December 14th 2010 and obstruction and unlawful possession of drugs at Seatown, Dundalk on the 13th of October the same year.
The Defence solicitor said while the accused had not kept her appointments she had been in regular contact with the Probation Service and “On the plus side, the report in relation to a methadone maintenance programme indicated she was getting on very well”.
The court heard the defendant was trying to stay away from people she had previously associated with.
However Judge Brennan replied “It’s just not good enough – whether you like it or not the Probation Service is an arm of the system of the administration of justice.
“There’s no excuse for not going.
“You can say all you want – fears of running into the wrong type of people…I’m sure you’re likely to meet them here as anywhere else.
“You simply have to keep your appointments.”
He adjourned the case to the ninth of January saying “I’m not very happy and I expected a better report”.