Ex-addict 'slipped' after 12 years clean
A FORMER heroin addict who 'slipped' after being clean for 12 years was caught with €660 worth of the drug that he was going to supply to friends, a court heard.
David Brack (37) turned back to the drug after the death of his father, and gardai found heroin in his home when they raided it with a search warrant.
He had the case against him adjourned for a community service suitability report.
Brack, with an address at Davitt Park, Ballybrack, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to sell or supply at his home on February 2 last.
Dun Laoghaire District Court heard gardai found 80 individual wraps of heroin in a plastic bag. It had a street value of €660.
The defendant had nine previous convictions but had not been in trouble since 1999.
Brack had showed this "strength of character", his solicitor Ronnie Lynam said, but he had slipped, getting back into habits that he had managed to control for 12 years.
The accused's father had died of cancer earlier this year and Brack, who had been living with him, "watched him deteriorate".
After his father's death, their house was repossessed and the accused had nowhere to live and became depressed.
"He values the fact that this matter came to light because, ultimately, it was probably only going to get worse," Mr Lynam said.
Brack was now on methadone and was ashamed of slipping because he was very proud of what he had achieved.
Judge John O'Connor said it was not a case of someone just slipping back into drug use and pointed out that the accused had the heroin to supply to other people.
"This is a situation where, if sale or supply was involved, it was among friends," Mr Lynam argued. "It's not as if he was standing on street corners selling it to children."
Judge O'Connor recom-mended 80 hours in lieu of a three-month sentence if the accused is found suitable.