Former addict given 11-month suspended sentence
A FORMER addict who has completed a residential treatment course has been given a suspended sentence after he admitted having €1,400 worth of heroin at his home and a stolen TV.
Robert Keelan (36), 65 Ashbrook, Tom Bellew Avenue, was before the court last week charged with having the drug for sale or supply at that address on May 21 2012. He also admitted handling stolen property on the same day.
Solicitor Frank McDonnell said his client had been in Tigh Linn for many months and has 'moved to the point he is finished with them and is now working in community business development'.
Inspector Martin Beggy confirmed Keelan had not been in trouble since this date and the TV had been recovered.
Judge Flann Brennan said that while Keelan had made great efforts to recover, he 'couldn't ignore the serious nature of these offences' and imposed an eleven-month sentence, but suspended it for eleven-months in Keelan's own bond of €500.