Drug addict caught handing 17 tablets to prisoner in courtroom
A drug addict who passed a small package containing 10 diazepam tablets to a prisoner in a courthouse could avoid a jail sentence if he is deemed suitable for community service.
Ciaran Casey (33), who has 107 previous convictions, including nine for being in unlawful possession of drugs, was sitting in the rear of the courtroom at Swords District Court on September 15 last year.
While the court was in session, Casey was caught by Gda David Smith passing a "small plastic package" to a prisoner, who was appearing before the court.
Gda Smith said the package contained 17 tablets including 10 of diazepam. He agreed with Casey's defence barrister Patrick Jackson that the defendant was "clearly using drugs heavily at the time".
He agreed with Mr Jackson that, since the offence, Casey's appearance has changed significantly to being more healthy looking.
Casey, of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock, pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of diazepam at Swords District Court.
Gda Smith agreed with Mr Jackson that it was a situation of "one drug addict pass- ing drugs to another drug addict".
Mr Jackson handed Judge Dermot Dempsey evidence that Casey has since been attending Narcotics Anonymous and gave him a urine analysis report.
"Gda Smith confirms the defendant seems to be a different person than he was when he committed the offence," Mr Jackson told Judge Dempsey.
He added that the tablets were anti-anxiety medication.
"He is an addict and has one son," Mr Jackson said.
Judge Dempsey ordered a probation report to see if Casey is suitable to complete 240 hours of community service work in lieu of two months in prison.
"He better comply with the probation services," warned Judge Dempsey.
"I won't take any excuses in December."