Stole drugs from aunt

A PORTLAOISE man described as having a “chronic substance abuse habit” stole an iPod from a friend who was giving him a lift and also stole prescription drugs from his own aunt, the District Court heard.

A PORTLAOISE man described as having a “chronic substance abuse habit” stole an iPod from a friend who was giving him a lift and also stole prescription drugs from his own aunt, the District Court heard.

Stephen Brophy, Flat 3 Hendys Flats, Mountmellick, was charged with theft from 39 Willow Grove, Mountmellick, on April 8, and the possession of a drug for sale or supply.

Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that Brophy was at his aunt’s house on the day and he stole a number of prescription drugs.

Brophy was also charged with theft at Patrick Street, Mountmellick, on May 14. The inspector said that Brophy was given a lift and after he left the vehicle the injured party realised that his iPod had been taken. The item was later recovered by gardaí following a search of Brophy’s house.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that her client had seen an opportunity and took the iPod, as he suffered with a chronic substance abuse habit.

In relation to the theft of the prescription drugs and the subsequent supply charge, Ms Fitzpatrick said this was not a typical supply case as Brophy’s aunt had the prescription drugs in her house and he took them. Brophy then tried to make a small amount of money, but when he handed over the drugs to another individual he never got paid for them.

Ms Fitzpatrick concluded by saying that Brophy has now completed detox and his head is much clearer, and he is exploring the possibility of residential treatment.

“He feels very well,” she said, although she admitted that he is still facing a more serious matter of attempted robbery from Hanlons Shop, O’Moore Street, Mountmellick, on April 20.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed six months’ detention, with a further six months’ post-release supervision.