15 Aug 2022

Court poor box to help Mountrath man's aftercare for drug addiction

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Court poor box to help Mountrath man's aftercare for drug addiction

A Mountrath man who stole a car and wrote it off by crashing into a ditch has been told he will get funding out of the court poor box to continue with his aftercare for his drug addiction.

Before last week’s Portlaoise District Court was David Bergin, 20, of The Bungalow, Mountrath, charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant, dangerous driving, and no licence or insurance, at Colt, Portlaoise; and theft of a phone, and the unauthorised taking of an MPV, at Marian Place, Portlaoise, all on October 3 last year.

When the case first came before the court in February, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on October 3 last, while under the influence of drugs and drink, the accused stole a phone from a parked car and then stole the vehicle as well.

The accused then crashed the car into a ditch at Colt, writing the vehicle off. He sustained a head injury and was taken to Tullamore Hospital, where he returned a blood alcohol reading of 108mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said the offence had been born out of the accused’s addiction, as the accused had been “at the apex of an acute addiction to heroin and crack cocaine” at the time.

When the case returned to court last week, Judge Staines noted the accused had paid compensation and had cooperated fully.

She noted he had completed a course for his issues, but was struggling with the aftercare programme. Saying she would give him a chance, Judge Staines directed that money from the court poor box could be used to fund his aftercare. The matter was adjourned to July 18 next for a probation report.

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