Friday 21 July 2017

Drug addict caught with €135,000 worth of cocaine has half of sentence suspended

Declan Brennan

A DRUG addict who received a ten year jail term five years ago after being caught with €135,380 of cocaine has had the last five years of his sentence suspended.

Judge Martin Nolan told Ciaran Fulton (47) that if he committed a crime in the next five years he faced being sent back to jail to serve the remaining portion of his sentence.

Fulton of Park Avenue, Castleknock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2007 to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Phibsboro Road on January 10, 2006.

In 2008 Judge Katherine Delahunt imposed a ten year jail term but allowed for that sentence to be reviewed after five years.

His sentencing hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that he became a drug addict as a result of being sexually abused.

His father, Peter Fulton, a retired lecturer, told Judge Delahunt at the time that his son had a "horrendous life as a child" due to illness and alleged sexual abuse as well as suffering the loss of his older and younger brothers.

Judge Delahunt noted that Mr Fulton's evidence to the court about his son's tragic situation had been "particularly distressing" and said there was no doubt of the trauma the arrest and court appearances had caused the family.

She told Fulton: "However the court has to balance everything and as an intelligent person with third level education you were aware of what you were involved in and that was a commercial operation."

Gda Mark Gibbons told Caroline Biggs SC, prosecuting, that during a search gardai found 1,934 grams of solid cocaine in a sports bag hidden under a bed.

Fulton told gardai he was minding the drugs for another person for a number of weeks and was due to hand them over to a person who would "look after him".

He said he expected to get between €2,000 and €3,000 and that he needed the cash to feed his heroin habit.

Gda Gibbons agreed with defence counsel, Isobel Kennedy SC, that Fulton had attempted suicide on several occasions and suffered from depression which was related to sexual abuse he alleges was perpetrated by an individual on himself and his brother as a children.

Fulton told gardai: "The guy that abused myself and my brother got away with it and counselling did not help so I started sticking needles in my arm."

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