A man who stole money and tools in Portlaoise to clear an alleged drug debt after being tortured by drug dealers leaving horrific injuries, with a gun put in his mouth on one occasion before he was left naked out in the middle of the country, has paid further compensation to the injured parties.
Before Portlaoise District Court was Patrick McLoughlin with an address at Graigues Wood, Freshford, Kilkenny.
When the matter first came before the district court in July, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that in August 2017, a young woman living at The Hermitage, Portlaoise, paid the accused a sum of money over €1,000 to complete construction work for her.
He took the money and never completed the work, said Sgt Kirby.
On a date in December 2017, the accused rented a welder worth €2,000 and a console worth €850, but he never returned the items, leaving a total loss of €2,850.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had never been in difficulty before and had a happy family life, but unfortunately through depression he took xanax and then moved on to cocaine, as well as drinking to excess.
The accused fell into company and built up a drug debt of €15,000 and lost his job. Mr Meagher said the accused then suffered appalling treatment and torture because of this debt, with the torture including having his teeth smashed out.
On one occasion the accused had a gun put into his mouth and he was walked to a bog, and he was left naked in the middle of the country.
Mr Meagher said the accused had been tortured very recently and his injuries were absolutely horrific. He did not make a complaint to the gardaí about this, but gave them a description of the incidents and the pressure he was put under.
Mr Meagher said that the actual drug dealers the accused used to deal with sent these people to his house and he was put into a van.
The case was adjourned on a number of occasions for the accused to pay compensation, and at last week’s court, Sgt JJ Kirby said the accused had paid €1,050 on October 11 last, with €2,700 outstanding.
Mr Meagher said his client had another €1,200 compensation, meaning the balance was now €1,500.
Mr Meagher asked for three months to pay, as the accused had other matters before the courts in other districts, including Kilkenny and Nenagh. The matter was adjourned to April 4 for more compensation.