Monday 18 December 2017

Judge tells man with cocaine deals he “could have created seven new addicts”

Nicola Donnelly

A JUDGE told a man who was caught with seven separate deals of cocaine that he “could have created seven new drug addicts” if he wasn't caught by gardai.

Judge Patrick Clyne made the comments after Darren Murphy appeared before Swords District Court on foot of a bench warrant to answer charges of possession of drugs and driving without insurance.

Judge Clyne remarked “I don't care what he does to himself – that’s his own decision but I do care that he was selling the drugs. There were seven deals that could have been sold to seven schoolchildren and he could have created seven new drug addicts. The fact is someone is at risk from the deal.”

Murphy (26) with an address at Dolmen Court, Poppintree in Ballymun pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of €400 worth of cocaine and €700 worth of the drug MDMA for sale or supply at Newtown Industrial Estate on November 19th, 2011.

He further pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on October 13th, 2011 at Ashtown Green and on October 10th, 2011 at Naul Road, Balbriggan.

Garda Brian Reidy gave evidence that on November 19th, 2011 Murphy's car was searched under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. The garda found the drugs hidden in the leather part of the gear stick and the cocaine was in seven separate €100 deals.

Evidence was also given that at around 5pm on October 13th, 2011 gardai stopped Murphy, who was driving a Nissan Almeria car and failed to produce his insurance documents. He further failed to produce insurance documents on October 10th, 2011 when he was stopped by gardai on the Naul Road.

Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Darcy told the court that Murphy, who has 28 previous convictions, has a drug problem but is on a methadone programme. “He is committed to getting his methadone down further,” said Ms Darcy.

She said that what he had paid for the drugs was a lot less than the street value. However, Judge Patrick Clyne remarked that drug-selling is “a business.” “You buy it at one price and sell it at another and there were seven deals.”

Ms Darcy said Murphy's part in the drug dealing was that he was supplying the drugs to one other person and was doing it to make money.

“He has no excuse for driving without insurance,” she added.

Judge Clyne said he wanted to “get him out of the system and get back to normality” as he noted Murphy is “making progress” and sentenced him to three months which he suspended for two years for unlawful possession of drugs for sale or supply. He further disqualified him from driving for two years for driving without insurance. He also made it a condition of the suspended sentence that Murphy remains intoxicant-free in a public place – remarking that it “doesn't preclude him from getting out of his tree in his own home.”

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