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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Addiction to heroin cost man (33) his job

A FATHER-of-three caught selling sleeping tablets in Dublin city centre has been battling a heroin addiction for two decades, a court heard.

Gary Dempsey (33) said he first smoked heroin when he was 14 years old and he lost his job as a carpenter due to his addiction.

Judge Michael Coghlan ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in May.

The defendant, of Wellmount Park in Finglas, admitted before Dublin District Court to possession of sleeping tablets for sale or supply.

Sergeant Ciaran Whelan said he was on plain-clothes patrol at Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, on March 31, 2014 when he saw what appeared to be a drugs transaction between two men.

Sgt Whelan said he saw Dempsey take a plastic bag from his pocket and give something to another man.

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Sgt Whelan said Dempsey was searched and found with 60 sleeping tablets, with a street value of €60.

The court heard Dempsey has 21 previous convictions, including a number of drug-related matters.

Defence solicitor Matthew de Courcy said Dempsey, a father-of-three, started smoking heroin aged 14 and left school at 17.

Mr de Courcy said Dempsey has battled a heroin addiction for nearly two decades and lost his job as an apprentice carpenter due to his drug addiction.

Mr de Courcy said that apart from this "one indiscretion" Dempsey hasn't been in trouble since 2011, and he had successfully graduated from the Drugs Court.

The court also heard that Dempsey looks much better now than he did a few years ago.

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