A self-confessed heroin addict has been jailed for six months following his conviction for committing several offences in Clonmel and Cashel.
Before last week’s sitting of Cashel District Court was David Sweeney, who has three addresses on record 41 Barnora Crescent Cahir/ Cork Simon Community, Andersons Quay, Cork/ and 31 Rockview, Deerpark Road, Cashel.
Evidence was heard of two incidents.
On June 13, 2016, Sweeney was walking along the Quay in Clonmel when he met a garda who searched him under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Sweeney attempted to throw an item from his pocket - a small bag containing brown powder. The powder was analysed and found to be diamorphine valued at €40.
A second incident occurred on August 25, 2017, at the Clonmel Park Hotel. Evidence was heard that Sweeney was found in possession of a number of stolen items including a bank card and sets of keys. Sweeney was arrested with the stolen bank card, which had been used without permission.
Solicitor AIdan Leahy said his client is 24 and admits being addicted to heroin. He knew he would be given a custodial sentence in court. Mr Leahy asked the judge to ‘leave some light at the end of the tunnel’ for his client.
However Judge Terence Finn said that on a previous occasion Sweeney had been afforded an opportunity to ‘take stock of his life and seek treatment,’ but had then discharged himself from Ais Eirí.
Judge Finn convicted Sweeney on the two Clonmel matters and a number of Cashel matters that were heard at a previous sitting, prior to the defendant’s stay at Ais Eiri.
For being in possession of diamorphine (heroin) in Clonmel Sweeney was sentenced to six months imprisonment; he was also sentenced to six months imprisonment on the theft charge.
Sweeney was sentenced to six months imprisonment on each of the following charges, evidence of which was heard at a previous sitting: theft from Aldi, Cahir, on March 26, 2017; theft from 31 ROckview, Cashel, on September 28, 2016; theft from Woodview Service Station, Cahir, on February 16, 2017.
All sentences are to run concurrently.
Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.