Monday 20 November 2017

Man who fled garda station while being questioned over heroin seizure claimed drugs were 'fake'

David O’Neill said drug was ‘fake heroin to sell to junkies’
David O’Neill said drug was ‘fake heroin to sell to junkies’

Ken Foy

A Crumlin man has avoided jail after escaping from a garda station where he was being questioned over a heroin seizure.

David O’Neill (27) claimed that the heroin he had in his possession was not genuine and that he wanted to sell the “fake heroin to junkies on the street”.

He had been caught with more than €3,000 worth of heroin which was hidden in his bedroom at a house on Hughes Road, Walkinstown.

O'Neill appeared before Dublin Circuit Court where he was to be sentenced after pleading guilty to being in possession of a drug with the intent for sale or supply.

He also pleaded guilty to unlawful escape from garda custody.

Giving evidence, Gda Michael Muldoon, of Sundrive Road garda station, told the court that he stopped David O’Neill in a white van outside the defendant’s house on June 4, 2014.

Gda Muldoon said that the accused appeared nervous and agitated, and concerns were raised about a number of medical bottles in the vehicle.

The accused was detained in relation to a separate matter and Gda Muldoon obtained a search warrant for his property.

During the course of the search gardai recovered a quantity of brown material in two plastic bags in O’Neill’s bedroom.

Analysis of the substance later determined that it was heroin with a street value of €3,253. Weighing scales and a tick-list were also recovered.

The court heard that David O’Neill claimed it was “fake heroin to sell to junkies on the road”.

While in custody at Sundrive Road garda station, the defendant was being brought from a cell to an interview room when he fled out of a fire escape.

He was apprehended shortly afterwards on the Crumlin Road by Gda Muldoon after a foot chase, and returned to custody.

The court heard that he was afraid that he would be in custody “all night”, and also claimed that the heroin seized was “store bought powder”.

David O’Neill has 46 previous convictions, the majority of which were for road traffics offences.

Had had one previous conviction for simple possession, dating back to August 2009.

Defence counsel told the court that his client had been living a “chaotic life” at the time of the offence and had not come to “adverse garda attention” since.

 Judge Patricia Ryan applied the Probation Act on the condition that O’Neill engage in a number of programmes and employment services.


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