Dying dealer is spared jail term
A DRUG dealer and addict caught with drugs valued at €55,000 nine years ago has been spared jail because he is dying.
Harry Melia (60), of Park Place, Chapelizod Road, Kilmainham, Dublin, was found guilty of possessing heroin and cocaine in his flat in 2004.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday that Melia is in palliative care.
Melia was jailed for 15 years for these offences in February 2006. However, he successfully appealed his sentence and was released on bail in October 2006.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a 10-year sentence but conditionally suspended it in full.