Friday 23 March 2018

Mother caught with drugs had 'a slip' after suffering a miscarriage

Mary Moorhouse, Cedar Court in Bray, Drugs & Theft
Mary Moorhouse, Cedar Court in Bray, Drugs & Theft

Eimear Cotter

A YOUNG mother caught with heroin and cocaine in her home started abusing drugs after she had a miscarriage.

Mary Moorhouse (33) is currently working with the probation service to try to remain drug-free.

The defendant, of Cedar Court, Bray, Co Wicklow, admitted possession of cocaine and heroin when she appeared before Bray District Court.

Judge John Cheatle was told that gardai obtained a search warrant and searched her home on May 16 last year.

During the course of the search, cocaine worth €20 was found. Gardai also discovered heroin with a street value of €186.

Moorhouse was arrested and made admissions in relation to possession of the drugs.

She also admitted stealing €20 worth of groceries from Topaz Service Station in Bray on March 8.


The court was told Moorhouse had a number of previous convictions, including for theft. She had no convictions for drug-related matters.

Defence solicitor Joe Maguire said Moorhouse is married with four children.

He said Moorhouse has battled an addiction to drugs for a number of years but was now engaged with drug addiction services.

In relation to this incident, he said his client suffered a miscarriage four days earlier, she was upset and had "a slip".

Mr Maguire said Moorhouse is doing her best to deal with her issues and is already working with the probation service.

He said she wished to apologise to the court for her behaviour.

Mr Maguire asked the judge to be as lenient as possible.

Judge Cheatle ordered Moorhouse to enter into a probation supervision bond for 10 months.

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