A DRUG addict was arrested after gardai saw him injecting himself in the groin in Dublin city centre in broad daylight, a court heard.
Edward McEvoy (30) went on to recklessly leave a used syringe on a toilet seat in a cafe three days later.
Judge Bryan Smyth gave him a 10-month suspended sentence after hearing he had been an addict since he was 13 and had 118 previous convictions.
McEvoy, with an address at Cedar House, Marlborough Street, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour as well as possession of cannabis at Magennis Place, off Pearse Street, last May 24.
He also admitted abandoning a syringe at Keogh's Cafe, Trinity Street, last May 27, being reckless as to whether someone would be injured. The court heard gardai were on duty at 9.50am in the first incident when they saw the accused with his tracksuit bottoms around his ankles and his groin "on display".
He was trying to inject what appeared to be heroin into his groin area. When gardai approached, he dropped €20 worth of cannabis.
In the other incident, he went into the toilets in the cafe at around 3.30pm.
After injecting himself, he walked out and left the syringe on the toilet seat.
Gardai stopped him and went into the toilet, where the capped syringe was discovered.
McEvoy "apologised profusely" for the offence.
He had not left it there with the intent of harming anyone.
He stole €200 worth of newspapers that had been left outside the same cafe a week later.
McEvoy admitted a further charge of burglary, trespass and unlawful possession of a pair of scissors at a Dublin city hotel on July 2.
He had been stealing to fund his addiction and was "not in the right state of mind".
Judge Smyth suspended the sentence for two years.