A woman who claimed that she had over €1,000 worth of prescription medication in her home, as she planned to kill herself, was convicted at Dundalk district court last week of having the drugs for sale or supply.
The court heard Emma Carolan (21) with an address at Crescent One, Muirhevnamor told gardai she was suicidal after being attacked a number of days before..
The court was told that a total of 1,018 Diazapam and anti-anxiety tablets were found when the defendant’s home was searched under warrant on the 30th of July 2011.
Each tablet had an estimated street value of €1 and self-sealing bags were also found in a black bag with a cannabis leaf on it.
During her interview the accused told gardai she had the tablets as she wanted to kill herself.
She claimed she had paid an un-named individual €700 euro for them from money she had saved for a holiday in Lanzarote.
The Defence solicitor argued that at all times his client had said she intended to kill herself with them.
He pointed to her statement in which she said:“My head’s f***ed up from the torture from the gearheads in Muirhevnamor” and when the gardai offered her help on a human level he said she described it as a ‘wake-up call’ and that she’d have to see a counsellor.
The solicitor argued that his client had given an innocent and constant explanation for what the tablets were for.
However, Judge Flann Brennan said the evidence was entirely consistent with what the charges alleged.
After he heard the accused has no previous convictions and had never been in difficulty before, he adjourned the case until the eighth of January so a probation report could be prepared.