Wednesday 21 March 2018

Convicted killer jailed after he was caught with almost €250k of 'poor man’s cocaine'

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Brion Hoban

A convicted killer caught in possession of almost €250,000 of “poor man’s cocaine” has received a four-year sentence.

Christopher Geraghty (48) of Oldtown, Santry, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of control substances for sale or supply.

Judge Karen O’Connor sentenced Geraghty to four years imprisonment with the final 24 months suspended.

He was jailed for ten years in 2005 for the manslaughter of 54-year-old Anthony Jordan.

Gardaí searched Geraghty’s residence in Santry on October 15, 2014 and discovered several packages containing white powder.

The gardaí asked Geraghty if there were more drugs in the house. He told them about a suitcase where they found 27 bars of PVP.

The PVP, a drug described in court as “poor man’s cocaine”, was worth €242,984. Both Geraghty and the person who gave him the drugs believed the white powder was cocaine.

Geraghty was arrested and co-operated during questioning. He was held in custody until March 27, 2015 and this period was taken into account during sentencing.

He has not come to the attention of the gardaí since his release.

Theresa Murphy BL, defending, told the court that Geraghty has “cognitive difficulties” and that he was taken advantage of in this situation.

Ms Murphy said Geraghty had agreed to store the drugs in exchange for cocaine and had not profited financially from the transaction.

Judge O’Connor said Geraghty’s health problems, his addiction, the support of his family and his early plea were mitigating factors in her sentencing.

She said that she would have considered a sentence of five-and-a-half years appropriate in the absence of mitigation.

Upon release Geraghty will be required to enter the probation services for 24 months, during which time he must keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

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