Man caught buying heroin tried to flee on bike from gardai
A warehouse worker caught in a drug deal on a city street tried to cycle away from gardai when he was spotted, a court heard.
Kristijan Zvier (34) was stopped and admitted poss- ession of heroin.
Judge Anthony Halpin said he would strike the case out, leaving Zvier without a criminal record, if he made a €50 charity donation.
Zvier, of Strandville Avenue, North Strand, in Dublin's north inner city, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs.
The court heard the incident happened at Mountjoy Square South last May 17.
Gardai on patrol at 6.20pm saw suspicious activity taking place. They approached and identified themselves. On seeing them, the accused attempted to cycle away from the scene, the court heard.
He was stopped and found to be in possession of a €20 street deal of heroin.
He had no previous convictions of any kind, neither here nor in his native Croatia.
Defence solicitor Donal Quigley said it was an "unusual enough matter".
The accused was a "working man with addiction difficulties", but he was "dealing with that".
Zvier worked in a warehouse and was of limited income, Mr Quigley said.
He had been off drugs for several years.
However, he slipped up occasionally and was very apologetic for his actions.
He was not using drugs any more and felt "quite confident" that he would not use them again.
Mr Quigley asked the judge to be as lenient as he could in the circumstances.
He asked for the defendant to be left without a criminal conviction and said he was prepared to make a charity donation.
The judge adjourned the case to a date next month and said he would strike the charge out if the accused made the €50 contribution.
Zvier was remanded on continuing bail.