Fitness fanatic was taking speed to lose weight
A HEALTH and fitness "fanatic" was so obsessed with losing weight that he started taking speed in an effort to suppress his appetite, a court has heard.
A slim Alan Coady (30) admitted that he was "much heavier" this time last year, and he was fanatical about losing weight at the time of the incident.
Fining Coady €500, Judge Sean Brady said that as well as losing weight the defendant could have lost his life by taking the drug.
The defendant admitted before Swords District Court to possession of amphetamine, commonly known as speed.
The incident took place at his home at Ballyshannon Road in Coolock on October 16 last year.
Garda Declan Fitzgerald said Coady's home was searched under warrant and a package containing a white substance was found by gardai.
It was analysed and found to be amphetamine, with a street value of €90.
The court heard that Coady had nine previous convictions, though none were for drugs matters. Defence lawyer Diana Stuart said the defendant was taking speed to lose weight.
Garda Fitzgerald confirmed to the court that Coady was much heavier in October 2009, when his house was searched, and had lost a lot of weight since then.
The garda also told the court that the defendant had a home gym with weights at the back of his house, and admitted to him he was taking the drug to help him lose weight.
Ms Stuart said Coady was currently unemployed and on social welfare but most recently worked as a factory operative.