Saturday 21 April 2018

Teen heroin dealer gets six-month sentence

Tom Tuite

A YOUTH, who "went off the rails" following the death of his grandfather, has been given a six-month sentence for dealing heroin on a street in Dublin city-centre.

Daniel McDonnell (18) pleaded guilty today to possessing 15 deals of heroin, worth €425, for sale or supply on Abbey Street Lower, on January 15 last.

Dublin Children's Court heard that the teenager was a juvenile at the time of the offence but has since reached adulthood.

It was accepted that McDonnell, who is already serving a Circuit Court sentence and is due to be released in December next year, had a drug problem and had been dealing heroin “to feed his own habit”.

In sentencing, Judge Michael Walsh noted that while the value of the drugs was on the lower end of the scale, people like McDonnell “cause pain and suffering for families”.

Garda Robert Rowe, attached to the Drugs Unit in Store Street station, had told the court that he had seen McDonnell, then aged 17, engaged in “a suspicious drugs transaction”.

The teenager, who was on drugs at the time, was arrested and brought to Store Street Garda station. He handed over 15 deals of heroin to gardai and admitted he had been involved in the sale or supply of the drug.

Defence solicitor Ann Brizzell told Judge Walsh that the youth, with an address at Brookview Lawns in Tallaght, Dublin, was “feeding his own habit” and his mother was shocked when she came to the garda station and saw his condition.

The defence lawyer said McDonnell's parents had split up when he was very young. He had lived with his mother, who was present for the hearing, and none of his siblings had ever come to Garda attention.

The court heard the 18-year-old “went off the rails” after the death of his grandfather who “was a father figure for him”.

The lawyer also said that the youth is to be supervised by the Probation Service for 18-months following his release from a custodial sentence imposed earlier this year.

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