Leg would put people off drugs

A HEROIN addict who was convicted of having €7,000 of the drug hidden in the petrol tank of his car has been ordered to engage with the probation service, with Judge Tony Hunt warning the man if he fails to keep his appointments he will go to prison.

A HEROIN addict who was convicted of having €7,000 of the drug hidden in the petrol tank of his car has been ordered to engage with the probation service, with Judge Tony Hunt warning the man if he fails to keep his appointments he will go to prison.

Michael Tynan, from Waterford, was arrested at Portnahinch, Mountmellick, on February 12, 2009, after 47 grams of heroin, with a street value of €7,000, was discovered by gardaí hidden in the petrol tank of his car. He appeared before the circuit court in January, where Judge Hunt adjourned for a probation report. On that date, the court heard that Tynan had lost the fibia in his leg due to drug abuse.

At last week’s sitting of the circuit court, defence for Tynan, Ms Geraldine Fitzpatrick admitted that there were “gaps” in the report, as Tynan had not authorised his probation officer to access his medical records. Ms Fitzpatrick said that Tynan has been attending a clinic in Waterford and has been on a methadone programme since last year.

“He has not been wholly co-operative with probation,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

“That’s the understatement of the day,” remarked Judge Hunt.

Ms Fitzpatrick said that there is “still a level of chaos” in Tynan’s life, although he had realised the error of his ways.

“He’s moving from chaos to relative chaos,” she said, adding that Tynan had in recent months given talks to students on the dangers of drugs.

“Did he show the students his leg?” asked Judge Hunt, referring to the lost of the fibia in Tynan’s left leg. “That would put anyone off drugs for life.”

Judge Hunt ruled that, as Tynan had shown signs of progress, he would allow him to continue in the community, but he must demonstrate willingness to engage with probation.

The matter was adjourned to October for a probation report, with Judge Hunt saying he wanted a better report the next time Tynan appears.

Tynan must continue to reside in Waterford and he must sign on at the garda station. He was also ordered to provide consent in open court for his probation officer to have access to his medical records.