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Monday 5 December 2016

Man had deals of heroin to fund his own drug use

Balbriggan DISTRICT Court

A MAN who had 33 deals of heroin in his home to sell to help fund his own drug use has been placed on a probation bond for 12 months.

Damien Costello (36) hid the heroin deals worth €1,058 in his bedroom. Gardai located them when they searched his house, Balbriggan District Court heard.

Costello had made full admissions regarding the sale and supply of the heroin, Gda Gerrit Durnin said.

Costello, of Sandyville Nursery Lodge, Sandy Lane, Rush, pleaded guilty to being in possession of heroin at his home on February 13, 2013. He further pleaded guilty to the sale and supply of heroin on the same date.

Costello has 15 previous convictions, including seven drug-related convictions.

Gda Durnin agreed with defence solicitor Fiona Kelly that the valuation of the drugs is not the amount Costello had paid for them. "When we put it to him, he said each deal was €20," said the officer. "The €1,058 amount is based on guidelines."

Gda Durnin said he was satisfied Costello made very little money from it, and the amount he made covered his own usage.

Ms Kelly said Costello has engaged in a methadone programme, and added that his drug abuse started after his partner died from cancer and then his best friend was killed in a motorbike accident a month later.

"His life spiralled out of control then, but he is now engaging with professionals," said Ms Kelly, adding that Costello "wasn't making money but fuelling a habit".

Judge Dermot Dempsey noted that the probation report was satisfactory, but that it said Costello has a high risk of re-offending. He placed him on a 12-month probation bond and ordered that he engage with the Probation and Welfare Services and seek treatment.

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