Final part of sentence suspended as an ‘incentive’ for recovering addict

A man who admitted having heroin for sale or supply, had the final 18 months of a two and a half year sentence suspended at Dundalk Circuit Court last week to act as an incentive for him to continue his rehabilitation.

Joe Bailey (37) with an address at Grange Close, Muirhevnamor also pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession drugs on Mary Street South, Dundalk on February 4th last.

The sentence was backdated to the time of his arrest.

The sentencing hearing was told that gardai forced entry to the address of a friend who the defendant was staying with when he was homeless.

They found Joe Bailey sitting on a sofa lighting tin-foil with a liquid substance on it - which proved to be Diamorphine which is also known as heroin.

The accused tried to throw a wallet containing €300 into the living room fire and €400 euro in cash and two separate bags containing cannabis and heroin, were found under a mattress in a bedroom where he was staying.

Joe Bailey told gardai the money was “going to someone else” but he denied that it was for drugs.

The court heard the drugs were valued at over €2,900 and that the accused had 22 previous convictions includrobbery, aggravated robbery, and criminal damage.

The Defence barrister said his client was using up to eight bags of heroin a day at the time but is on a treatment programme in custody.

Judge Leonie Reynolds imposed sentences totalling two and a half years but she said to provide an incentive she was going to suspend the final 18 months on the accused entering a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for three years, that he comply with the requirements of the Probation service and re-engage with the local outreach programme.


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