A man who was found with €210 in heroin was given a suspended sentence at Portlaoise District Court.
Paul Kelly, 31, of 8 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise was caught with the drugs and €400 in cash at his address on January 24, 2020.
A solicitor for the accused said he was pleading guilty to the charges. The drugs were to be used by people very close to the defendant, the court was told.
Sgt Kirby said the man had 16 previous convictions. “He has had a difficult upbringing and he seems to be doing really well at the moment,” he added.
Judge Patricia Cronin noted the plea and a report from the Athy Alternative Project. She said possession of drugs for sale or supply was a serious charge but she noted “he was supplying friends and close associates.”
She gave him a three month sentence suspended for twelve months for the sale or supply charge and struck out the possession charge. Judge Cronin said “the €400 seized is to go to the court poor box. It will be donated to charitable causes.”
She granted a destruction order to gardai to dispose of the drugs.
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