Wanted a chance to get treatment

A local man who had pleaded in court to be given a chance to get treatment in the community for his heroin addiction, was further remanded in custody at Dundalk district court last week.

A local man who had pleaded in court to be given a chance to get treatment in the community for his heroin addiction, was further remanded in custody at Dundalk district court last week.

Twenty five year old Willie Joyce of Aghameen Park, Muirhevnamor previously told the court he knew he deserved a prison sentence but he argued that it was easier to get drugs in jail, than outside.

The court heard the week before the defendant was found to be in possession of property which had been stolen in a burglary in Newry – including a range of Waterford Crystal items, two 21 inch TVs, a Nikon digital camera and a Blackberry mobile phone.

He was released after questioning but when garda went to arrest him to charge him he ran off in a bid to escape – and caused €100 worth of damage, when he kicked out at the patrol car after his arrest.

The court heard the accused had 122 previous convictions and began smoking heroin while in prison in 2006, but was hoping to get onto a treatment programme in the community.

Willie Joyce urged the court to give him the opportunity to get help outside of prison, as when he goes to jail he gets off everything, but goes back to square one when he gets out.

The case was put back to last Wednesday so a Probation Report could be prepared on the treatment facilities available in prison.

The Defence applied for bail again but Judge Flann Brennan in remanding the accused in custody to January 9th, said he had sought the report to be assured that treatment would be provided.