Tuesday 20 February 2018

'Easily-led' man given six-year sentence after gardaí found heroin worth €129,000 at his home

Eamon Stamp (28) had a drug problem and had agreed to hold the heroin because he was €10,000 in debt, court hears

The Courts of Criminal Justice Dublin
The Courts of Criminal Justice Dublin

An “easily-led” father-of-two has been given a six year sentence after gardaí found heroin worth €129,000 at his former rented accommodation.

Eamon Stamp (28) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the drug for sale or supply at Ardee Court, Ardee Road, Rathmines on October 19, 2012.

Stamp of Drumcairn Avenue, Tallaght, initially denied the charge but changed his plea on the morning of his trial.

The court heard he had a drug problem and had agreed to hold the heroin because he was €10,000 in debt.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced him to six years in prison but suspended the final two. She noted that other drug dealers had been “in the background” but said Stamp had put himself in the position of dealing with those people.

“That's the risk you take, unfortunately. He was selling drugs, and debts arise easily and multiply quickly,” she added.

The sentence will take effect when Stamp completes a three-year jail term for drugs offences which had previously been suspended but was reactivated in February due to this new offence.

Detective Paddy Clarke told Eilis Brennan BL, prosecuting, that gardaí searched the house in Rathmines after they were given access by the letting agent.

They found packages containing brown powder in the sitting room and also in the base of Stamp's bed and wardrobe in his bedroom.

The powder was analysed and found to be 800 grams of heroin valued at €129,000.

Gardaí also seized a weighing scales and a large amount of plastic bags believed to be for wrapping the heroin.

Stamp was not present at the time, but when gardaí rang his phone he took responsibility and went to Rathmines Garda Station where he was arrested.

He told gardaí that the other two tenants in the house had nothing to do with the drugs.

Stamp has 27 previous convictions, including 10 for drugs offences and others for violent behaviour in a garda station and unlawful taking of a car.

Gerry O'Brien SC, defending, described his client as a “foolish young man” who was “easily-led” and got in “way over his head”.

He said Stamp came from a respectable family and had worked as a painter decorator but his life went downhill when his drug use spiralled out of control.

Stamp told gardaí he had “no choice” but to hold the drugs.

Mr O'Brien said Stamp's family home was attacked and he got “a number of beatings” related to the drugs offence.

The court heard there was also “a degree of trouble” visited on Stamp's family and that they had to “pay out”.

Judge Ring ordered Stamp to keep the peace for the whole of his six-year sentence, and undergo supervision by the Probation Service for 12 months on his release.

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