Monday 23 April 2018

Judge warned tragic Daniel 'he would not see 50' because of drug addiction

Jackie Rafter, inset, Daniel Marshall
Jackie Rafter, inset, Daniel Marshall
Jackie Rafter

A 25-year-old man who was found dead in the toilets of a top Dublin hotel yesterday had been previously warned by a judge that he would ‘not see 50 years of age’ unless ‘he got his act together’.

Tragic Daniel Marshall, the son of socialite Jackie Rafter and celebrity hairdresser David Marshall, has been seeking help for his drug addiction and was trying to rehabilitate himself.

David Marshall
David Marshall

The body of Daniel Marshall was found in a bathroom of the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen’s Green area at approximately 4am yesterday morning.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and was brought to the city morgue where a post-mortem is set to be carried out today.

The death is not being treated as suspicious
The death is not being treated as suspicious

Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious but they have launched an investigation.

The hotel said that they they had no comment to make today.

Daniel Marshall
Daniel Marshall

David Marshall is one of the country's top stylists. Jackie Rafter is well known for her work as a model and founder of the Bubblegum charity. The couple are now divorced. The couple also have a daughter together.

Daniel Marshall had a troubled past and had serious issues with drug addiction.

Last year he appeared in court accused of assault and selling heroin.

At the time, a judge directed that a drug treatment place be made available for Daniel. The court heard that he had been struggling with heroin addiction for three years.

He had been seeking help for his drug addiction and was trying to rehabilitate himself.

Mr Marshall told a court last year that he had once shoplifted because it was "his mother's birthday" and he "wanted it to be special".

The court had heard that Daniel had shown speech and language difficulties as well as Attention Deficit Disorder from a young age. He did courses in car mechanics, sports management and hairdressing and had worked in a bookmakers.

This was against the backdrop of a drug problem that escalated until he began taking heroin from "being bored" at the age of 21. He had consistently tried to kick the habit and had attended a number of different detox and treatment centres.

"Unless you get your act together, you are not going to see 50 years of age", Judge Halpin had warned Mr Marshall at the time.

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