Sunday 26 October 2014

Drug addict fled country after house burned down and dog shot dead, court hears

Vincent Maher (42) will be sentenced later for possessing over €15,000 of heroin in 2004

Published 18/06/2014 | 15:43

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin drug addict who fled the country after his house was burned down and his dog shot dead will be sentenced later for possessing over €15,000 of heroin in 2004.

Sergeant Michael McNulty said he believed Vincent Maher (42) left Ireland two months after gardai seized the drugs because there had been a threat on his life.

Maher, with an address at Judge Darley’s Hostel, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 78 grams of heroin at his former Landsdowne Valley home in Drimnagh on November 10, 2004.

He has 25 previous convictions in Ireland and six in England. Sgt McNulty told Antonia Boyle BL, prosecuting, that Maher received a four year sentence for false imprisonment and robbery at Leeds Crown Court in 2011.

The sergeant agreed with Luigi Rea BL, defending, that Maher had been a “key holder” to the premises involved in the Leeds offence.

He further agreed that Maher had been selling drugs in 2004 to feed his €300-a-day heroin habit.

Mr Rea submitted to Judge Patrick McCartan that his client has not come to adverse garda attention since returning to Ireland in September last year. He further submitted that Maher is now drug free and in a relationship.

Judge McCartan adjourned the sentence to July pending a Probation Service report. He told Maher he will be willing to give him a chance if he changes his ways.

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