Detention for assaulting man over drug debt

A Stradbally man has been given six months’ detention for assaulting another man over a drug debt.

Before last week’ sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Kevin Dillon, with an address listed at Aughamaddock, Stradbally.

Inspector John Lawless gave evidence, that the gardaí received a complaint on June 6 this year, relating to an assault that had occurred on June 3.

The injured party was walking home when he noticed he was being followed by a car, containing Dillon and another male. The other male shouted at the injured party to stay where he was, and Dillon then got out of the car and started punching and kicking the injured party.

Dillon alleged that the injured party owed him money for drugs.

Dillon was also charged with two counts of the possession of drugs, at Ballyroe, Athy, and one count of the possession of drugs, at Portlaoise Garda Station, both on April 27 last year. These matters were previously adjourned for a probation report.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick last week said that Dillon was now endeavouring to deal with his drug addiction.

“He struggles with a cannabis habit,” she said, admitting that Dillon had not completed residential treatment.

Judge Staines remarked she had put Dillon’s earlier case back on six occasions since last October to help him with his addiction.

“He had the benefit of the probation services and treatment and he’s left that. He has now assaulted somebody for not paying for drugs. I’m constantly meeting young people who are in fear of drug dealers - this is simply not acceptable.”

Judge Staines imposed six months’ detention on 20-year-old Dillon.

Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.


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