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Friday 9 December 2016

Man sold garda drugs in 'chance' meeting

Dad sold garda drugs in 'chance' meeting
Dad sold garda drugs in 'chance' meeting

A FATHER of three who sold drugs to an undercover garda was not a dealer but met the officer in a "chance encounter", a court was told.

Mark Darcy (35) had a bag of heroin for his own use but then sold it to a garda he met in the street.

Judge William Hamill ordered him to carry out 120 hours of community service instead of giving him a two-month sentence.

Darcy, with an address at Oriel Street, Dublin 1, admitted possession of the drug for sale or supply at O'Connell Street Lower on February 21 last year.

A garda said he was on undercover duty when Darcy sold him a €20 bag of heroin.

Defence barrister Cathal O Braonain said the accused had initially had the drugs for his own use and he was not a dealer.

The garda agreed that Darcy told him this, but added that "it was offered for sale".

"He wouldn't have been out dealing on the day, it was a chance encounter," Mr O Braonain said.

Separately, he also pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace at Ballybough Road last April 11.

The court heard Darcy had been very intoxicated, had a glass bottle in his hand and was dashing it off a wall, saying: "I'm going to get that b**ch, I'm going to kill her."

The incident happened after a row with his partner.

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