Cyclist had €1,600 of heroin in his pockets
A CYCLIST who was stopped and searched by gardai was discovered with more than €1,600 worth of heroin in his pockets, a court heard.
Robert Dempsey (34) is in constant pain since he broke both his knees in a serious road traffic accident five years ago, and is a chronic drug addict.
A judge sentenced Dempsey to six months in prison but suspended it for one year, warning him that if he offends during the next 12 months he will go to jail.
The defendant, of Sheephill Avenue in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of heroin as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
The incident took place at Sheephill Green in Blanchardstown on August 30 last year.
Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol in the Sheephill Green and Corduff areas shortly before 1am when they saw Dempsey, who was talking to another individual.
Sgt Callaghan said that when Dempsey saw gardai, he put his hands into his pockets as if to discard something. He was stopped and searched by gardai, and found with €1,650 worth of heroin.
The court heard the defendant had 13 previous convictions, including a number of drugs convictions.
Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Dempsey had battled a drug addiction for many years, and was in constant pain following a serious road traffic accident five years ago.
Ms Brennan said Dempsey co-operated with gardai, and admitted he was sharing the drug with two of his friends.
She said the defendant was hoping to get on to a detox programme, and was working hard to stay off drugs.
Judge Patrick McMahon fined Dempsey €100 and sentenced him to six months in prison suspended for one year.