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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Drug addict went to buy slash hook after row

The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.
The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

A MAN who bought a slash hook following an altercation with a number of men had his case adjourned as he is waiting on a place at a drugs treatment centre.

Judge Dermot Dempsey at Balbriggan District Court expressed his concern whether Daragh Hart is safe to be on the street.

His comments came after Sergeant Tony Tighe said that Hart purchased the slash hook with a view to accosting the men but was intercepted by gardai.

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"It's his reaction and what he did that concerns me," remarked Judge Dempsey. "Is he safe to be on the streets?"

Hart (21), of Millrose, Bluebell in Dublin pleaded guilty at Balbriggan District Court to being in unlawful possession of the slash hook on Drogheda Street, Balbriggan on October 7 last year.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson asked Judge Dempsey to adjourn the case as Hart is waiting on a bed at an addiction treatment centre.

Mr Jackson explained that Hart attended Hope Residential Centre in Mayo for an assessment and has been deemed suitable for a 12-week programme to deal with his addiction issues.

Judge Dempsey agreed to remand the case back to April 9 for the full facts of the case to be heard and for confirmation that Hart is attending treatment.

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