Saturday 16 December 2017

Woman whose life 'crashed' became addicted to heroin

Jenna O’Shea split from her partner and became homeless.
Jenna O’Shea split from her partner and became homeless.

Andrew Phelan

A creche worker turned to heroin when her "normal life" came crashing down in "spectacular fashion," a court heard.

Mother-of-two Jenna O'Shea (31) split from her partner and became homeless in a very short space of time before she began taking the drug.

She was arrested when gardai found her buying heroin on a city street.

O'Shea, of Lakeside Crescent, Newbridge, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to possession of the drug.

Dublin District Court heard gardai stopped the accused at St James's Walk, Dublin 8, on October 7, 2015.

She was with another person and they admitted they were in the area to buy drugs. O'Shea's bag was searched and she was arrested and taken to Kilmainham Garda Station.

She then produced a small wrap of heroin to the gardai and co-operated with them. She had no previous convictions.

O'Shea had only become an addict in recent times, her barrister told Judge Fiona Lydon.


Before that she was in a long-term relationship and was living with her partner and two children. O'Shea had been working full-time in a creche and had trained as a hairdresser.

However, everything "fell apart" when she split from her partner and lost her house, ending up homeless.

She largely lost contact with her children.

"She had a very normal life for all intents and purposes and in quite a spectacular fashion it all came crashing down in a very short space of time," O'Shea's barrister said.

That was four years ago and she started smoking heroin, progressing to injecting the drug.

O'Shea was doing better now and was in a "very healthy relationship" with a new partner who was in court to support her.

She was involved in her children's lives again.

However, she still smoked heroin occasionally.

The court heard the accused was a "very anxious person" and not aggressive in any way.

Judge Lydon said the addiction issue needed to be addressed and the probation report should emphasise rehabilitation. She adjourned the case to a date in September.

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